Etihad has acquired almost 3% of Aer Lingus in its latest move to buy into Europe's airline market after taking a 29% stake in Air Berlin. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates-based Etihad does not appear to plan a further expansion of its holding in Aer Lingus in the short term, although the Irish government, which controls 25% of the carrier, has expressed interest in selling its share. Ryanair owns 29.8%.

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