Ireland Should Jettison Aer Lingus

The Irish government should step aside, accept the guarantees it's already secured from the bidder, sell Aer Lingus, and get out of the owning-part-of-an-airline business.

Flying into a new owner's arms.

Photographer: PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

A battle over jobs is at the heart of Ireland's rejection of a bid from International Consolidated Airlines Group for Aer Lingus, the partially state-owned airline. The jobs at risk, though, are those of the country's politicians, rather than the airline's employees. The state should step aside, accept the guarantees it's already secured from IAG, the parent of British Airways, and get out of the owning-part-of-an-airline business.

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