The EU Commission unconditionally clears a merger in the aviation sector (Ryanair / LaudaMotion)

By a decision issued in Ryanair/LaudaMotion [1], whose public version has been recently published, the EU Commission has approved the Ryanair acquisition of the Austrian carrier LaudaMotion. Considering the expected economic effects of the planned merger through the lenses of the O&D approach and the airport-by-airport approach, the Commission reached the conclusion that the transaction was unlikely to negatively affect the competition in the concerned relevant market. The planned merger operation By the proposed merger, the low-coast carrier Ryanair intended to acquire the sole control over LaudaMotion. LaudaMotion was the vehicle through which Mr. Niki Lauda re-purchased some of the assets of the leisure air carrier NIKI he previously set up in 2003 and was then sold to the

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Michele Giannino, The EU Commission unconditionally clears a merger in the aviation sector (Ryanair / LaudaMotion), 12 July 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2018, Art. N° 88364

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