The Portuguese Competition Authority cleared in phase II a merger between the two main national airline companies with remedies including granting slots to third parties and not increasing the number of flights on certain routes (Portugália/TAP)

On 5 June 2007 the Portuguese Competition Authority (“AdC”) cleared the acquisition by the state-owned airline company TAP of its main Portuguese competitor Portugália, subject to commitments. This was the first case held by the AdC where a merger regarding passenger air transportation services was assessed. The referred concentration was also reviewed by the Spanish and German antitrust authorities, where no competition related concerns were found in these territories. In Portugal, the review involved 70 relevant markets for scheduled passenger air transport services and one market relating to airline catering. Regarding the transport routes analysed by the AdC, 10 corresponded to routes in Portugal, 8 between Portugal and Spain, 11 between Portugal and France, 4 between Portugal and

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Joaquim Caimoto Duarte, The Portuguese Competition Authority cleared in phase II a merger between the two main national airline companies with remedies including granting slots to third parties and not increasing the number of flights on certain routes (Portugália/TAP), 5 June 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2007, Art. N° 14182

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