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Walsh at 50 will be grounded by work

AIRLINE boss Willie Walsh will turn 50 next week but there'll be no celebrations because he's just too busy for parties.

Mr Walsh, who is famous for being one of the hardest working airline executives in the world, revealed he wants to spend next Tuesday doing just what he did for his 40th birthday -- working.

"I've nothing organised. I've been too busy," insisted the former CEO of Aer Lingus.

He is now chief executive of International Airline Group, formed through the merger of British Airways and Iberia.

Mr Walsh reiterated that he currently has no interest in Aer Lingus, despite the Government's decision to sell its 25pc stake in the airline.

"We've made no secret that there are airlines we're interested in at the moment, but Aer Lingus is not one of them.

"There are other things that are more important," he revealed.

hnews@herald.ie