The EU General Court dismisses actions against two of the Commission’s decisions authorizing mergers in the market for passenger air travel (Polskie Linie Lotnicze / easyJet / Lufthansa / Air Berlin)

The General Court dismisses the actions of Polskie Linie Lotnicze ‘LOT’ against the Commission decisions authorising the mergers concerning the acquisition by easyJet and Lufthansa, respectively, of certain assets of the Air Berlin group* Faced with a persistent deterioration of its financial situation, in 2016 Air Berlin plc implemented a restructuring plan. In that context, on 16 December 2016, it entered into an agreement with Deutsche Lufthansa AG (‘Lufthansa’), in order to sublet to it various aircraft along with their crew. However, the loss of the financial support, in the form of loans, granted to Air Berlin by one of its main shareholders forced it to file for insolvency on 15 August 2017. In those circumstances, the granting of a guaranteed loan by the German authorities as

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General Court of the European Union, The EU General Court dismisses actions against two of the Commission’s decisions authorizing mergers in the market for passenger air travel (Polskie Linie Lotnicze / easyJet / Lufthansa / Air Berlin), 20 October 2021, e-Competitions October 2021, Art. N° 103101

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