Ryanair posts record full-year profit, warns of stiff competition


RYANAIR, Europe's largest budget airline, reported a record full-year profit on Tuesday but warned of an intensifying fare war across Europe in the coming months as lower oil prices help to reduce operating costs for many of its full-service rivals.

The news came as the Irish media reported that Ireland's coalition government was poised to agree to sell its 25 per cent stake in the country's flagship carrier, Aer Lingus, to the parent company of British Airways.

The parent company, the International Consolidated Airlines Group, or IAG, wants to acquire all of Aer Lingus, in which Ryanair holds a 29.8 per cent stake. If the Irish government gives its approval, which was expected as early as...

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