Everyone To Get A Free Plane If Government Sells Stake In Aer Lingus



MEMBERS of the electorate have reacted positively to the prospect of the Government selling the State’s 25% stake in Aer Lingus as takeover talks between the airline and IAG intensify.

With the latest offer valuing the airline at over €1.3 billion, much of the public seems to support the sale as it would provide a much needed boost to the State coffers.

The Irish public were quick to dispel the rumours that they are only backing the sale after it emerged there was a slight possibility everyone in Ireland would receive a free plane if the sale went ahead.

“Ah that’s silly, I don’t think that would influence the public but yeah I think it’s the greatest idea ever,” said Noel Hannigan, a Dublin milkman who was already day dreaming about what it would be like to make his rounds in a Boeing 747.

It is thought that free planes will be available to everyone, even if they don’t have a pilot’s license.

“I think it’s important for the public, the State to hang on to a national airline, but I also think getting the kids to school on time would be a lot easier if I had a plane so it’s a tough one,” offered mother of three Niamh Glynn.

Minister for transport Paschal Donohoe did little to clear up the uncertainty surrounding the sale.

“We understand selling a partially State owned airline can be an emotive issue and that is why we will issue everyone with a replica airplane if the sale goes ahead,” the minister said.

“Are you asking me will everyone get a free plane? Yes. Is it an exact replica? Yes. Is it the same size as an actual plane? Well, I guess you’ll find out when we send it out to you in the post,” the minister added.

WWN can confirm Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary is still trying to figure out a way to trick IAG into handing him the lucrative Heathrow landing slots as he mulls over selling his 29% stake in the airline.