Ryanair called on the Irish government to explain why it rejected its December 2008 offer for Aer Lingus that it maintains would have led to the doubling of EI's short-haul fleet and created 1,000 new jobs over a five-year period. The request followed Wednesday's announcement by EI of its restructuring plan that seeks to reduce annual operating costs excluding fuel by €97 million ($142.7 million) before the end of 2011 and cut its workforce by 17% (ATWOnline, Oct. 8). Ryanair CEO ...

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