The Spanish National Competition Commission expresses concerns about the merger between two German air transport companies and opened an in-depth investigation in Spain (Air Berlin / Condor)

After three months of investigation, on 25 March 2008, the Spanish Competition Authorities decided to open a second phase investigation regarding the proposed takeover of Condor Fledgiest GmbH (“Condor”) by Air Berlin Plc (“Air Berlin”). Condor is a charter carrier based in Germany, which mainly offers low-frequency leisure flights in Europe. In Spain, Condor operates flights from German airports to a significant number of destinations in Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands. Condor's main shareholder is the travel group Thomas Cook (75.1%). Most of Condor's sales come through Thomas Cook tour operations (near 60-70%). Air Berlin is the second-biggest German airline behind Lufthansa. Air Berlin's main hub airport in Spain is based in Palma de Mall orca. This

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Henar González Durántez, The Spanish National Competition Commission expresses concerns about the merger between two German air transport companies and opened an in-depth investigation in Spain (Air Berlin / Condor), 25 March 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin Collective dominance, Art. N° 21782

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