Flybe aids Ryanair's Aer Lingus bid

Press Association

Airline Flybe has boosted Ryanair's hopes of a takeover of Aer Lingus by agreeing a plan to fly 43 of the Irish carrier's short-haul routes.

The proposal is part of Ryanair's attempt to persuade the European Commission that its planned 694 million euro (£596.7 million) takeover of Aer Lingus will not harm competition for Irish passengers.