Aviation executive Dermot Mannion

Dermot Mannion: “I suspect there are a number of airlines around the world that are hanging on by their fingernails right now”

Former Aer Lingus boss Dermot Mannion recalls leading Aer Lingus through its IPO and fending off hostile takeovers from Ryanair. He also speaks about the impact of Covid-19 on Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Ireland’s aviation leasing sector.

31st Jul, 2020 - 5 min read

Dermot Mannion has had a busy few months, despite his sector being brought to its knees by the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, the Sligo native made time for a call between business meetings last Wednesday.

An aviation industry heavyweight, Mannion’s career spans more than three decades. He spent 16 years as president of group services in Emirates, before navigating Aer Lingus through its IPO in 2006, and through two hostile takeover attempts by Ryanair.

He spent more than five years following that as deputy chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines. Currently, he is non-executive director with Jazeera Airways and Silver Aircraft Leasing, while running his...

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