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ANALYSIS: Ryanair matures with IAG-style structure

February 05, 2019 / OLIVER CLARK

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Ryanair's decision to emulate the IAG group structure is perhaps an admission by the great disruptor of European air travel that it can learn from its rival when it comes to effectively managing an increasingly complex business. A myriad of challenges and opportunities over recent years – from navigating the complexities of Brexit and the collapse of Air Berlinin 2017, to labour problems in Ireland and burgeoning demand for charter travel in Poland – have left Ryanair with four operating units: the main Ryanair operation, Laudamotion, Ryanair Sun and Ryanair UK.These are now to be put under a more formal management structure, with each airline to be run by its own chief executive reporting to Michael O'Leary as the group's overall boss.Speaking on an analysts' call on 4 February, O'Leary was unstinting in his praise for Willie Walsh's creation of the IAG group structure to manage his airlines and of his...