Outgoing Aer Lingus chief executive Willie Walsh refuses to be drawn on rumours that he is poised to launch a Dublin-based long-haul low-fare airline.

Walsh will leave Ireland's flag carrier, together with chief operations officer Seamus Kearney and chief financial officer Brian Dunne later this year. Reports suggest Walsh's proposed low-cost venture could be launched as early as the beginning of 2006 from Dublin. Walsh says he has been approached by investors interested in funding a start-up airline, but remains tight-lipped on his future plans.

Source: Flight International