The EU Commission prohibits a merger between two airlines companies (Ryanair / Aer Lingus)

"Merger control: Main developments between 1 May and 31 August 2007"* On 27 June the Commission took the decision to prohibit the proposed takeover by Ryanair of Aer Lingus. Ryanair is an Irish-based “low-cost” airline, offering point-to-point scheduled air transport services on more than 400 routes across Europe. With more than 40 million passengers carried in 2006, Ryanair is one of the largest airlines in the world. Aer Lingus is the former Irish “flag”-carrier, which has changed its business model in recent years to offer mainly “low-cost” point-to-point short-haul flights. Aer Lingus operates more than 80 routes and carried more than 8.6 million passengers in 2006. Aer

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  • JG Associates (Brussels)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)

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John Gatti, Mary Loughran, The EU Commission prohibits a merger between two airlines companies (Ryanair / Aer Lingus), 27 June 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2007, Art. N° 37769

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