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Ryanair formally accepts IAG offer for Aer Lingus

DUBLIN, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Ryanair on Tuesday formally agreed to sell its stake in Aer Lingus (Other OTC: AELGF - news) to British Airways owner International Airlines Group , giving IAG the approval of over 90 percent of shareholders in Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) 's former flag carrier.

"We submitted our acceptance of the IAG offer today (18 Aug)," a Ryanair spokesman said in an emailed statement when asked if it had agreed to sell its 30 percent stake.

Ryanair's board of directors approved the sale in early July, but it failed to formally accept the offer before a July 30 deadline, which IAG then extended to Aug. 18.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries; editing by Susan Thomas)