By Jonathan Davies

Aer Lingus has once again reiterated "significant benefits" of a takeover by British Airways' owner, IAG, as it reports an 8% rise in revenue.

The Irish airline is the subject of a takeover bid from the British Airways owner, but it is part-owned by Ryanair and the Irish government.

Aer Lingus has repeatedly given its backing to the bid, but talks with the Irish government appear to have stalled with the government reluctant to let go of the airline.

Revenues for the first quarter of the year rose 7.9% to €280m compared with the same period last year. It was driven by a 39% rise in revenue from long-haul flights. But short-haul flights generated €132.2m, down from €138.8m last year.