The Irish Times

IAG boss Walsh warns of Dublin move for BA

- CHARLIE TAYLOR

Aer Lingus owner IAG has threatened to abandon Heathrow in favour of a move to Dublin or Madrid in protest over a possible expansion of the airport.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, which also includes British Airways and Iberia, warned the group would consider moving overseas if a third runway is given the go-ahead.

The British government delayed a decision on where to build a new runway yesterday, prompting angry business leaders to accuse it of putting short-term politics over the long-term national interest.

British prime minister David Cameron had promised to say by the end of the year whether he backed a £17.6 billion runway at Heathrow after a independen­t review named the site in densely populated west London as the preferred location.

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