Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary's intention to stop 'pissing people off' clearly only extends so far. Last night Aer Lingus's twitter account posted a picture it had taken from Ryanair's website which appeared to show one of its planes in the background, declaring it an 'epic photobomb' and saying it showed even Ryanair knew it was best for business:
Ryanair responded in turn:
When another Twitter user asked whether their animosity was just a friendly rivalry, Aer Lingus assured him that it was, but Ryanair was having none of it:
Poor Aer Lingus. The spat took place against the backdrop of speculation about the future of the airline, which is actually 30% owned by Ryanair at the moment. British Aiways owner AIG is thought to be planning another run after a failed takeover last month.
This would probably be welcomed by Ryanair, which may be forced to cut its stake in the business by a court ruling which is expected imminently. Talk of a takeover would likely help it do so at a more reasonable price.
It looks like Michael O'Leary has given up on his long-cherished dream of taking over Aer Lingus, and the spurned suitor hasn't lost its sharp tongue.