The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the airline market (Aer Lingus / IAG)

Commission approves acquisition of Aer Lingus by IAG, subject to conditions* The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Irish airline Aer Lingus by International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG). IAG is the holding company of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. The clearance is conditional upon commitments offered by the parties to address the Commission’s concerns regarding the transaction as notified. The Commission had concerns that the merged entity would have faced insufficient competition on several routes. The Commission also found that the merged entity would have prevented Aer Lingus from continuing to provide traffic to the long-haul flights of competing airlines on several routes.

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European Commission, The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the airline market (Aer Lingus / IAG), 14 July 2015, e-Competitions Merger Remedies, Art. N° 74488

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