CASE COMMENTS: MERGERS – PASSENGER AIRLINES – FEED TRAFFIC – COMMITMENTS – SLOT RELEASE

Phase I décision: The European Commission clears the acquisition of Aer Lingus by IAG subject to slot release and behavioral commitments on feed traffic (Aer Lingus / IAG)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. On 14 July 2015, the Commission approved the acquisition of the Irish airline Aer Lingus by the IAG Group (combining British Airways, Iberia and Vueling). The clearance decision was adopted after a Phase I review and is subject to commitments. In particular, IAG undertook to divest five pairs of slots per day at London Gatwick airport. The commented decision puts an end to the Ryanair / Aer Lingus saga. It is known that the low-cost airline Ryanair has tried three times to acquire Aer Lingus. Two of these attempts resulted in prohibition decisions; the third was abandoned by Ryanair (see Eur. Comm., Dec. of 27 June 2007, Ryanair / Aer Lingus, case

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Ianis Girgenson, Phase I décision: The European Commission clears the acquisition of Aer Lingus by IAG subject to slot release and behavioral commitments on feed traffic (Aer Lingus / IAG), 14 July 2015, Concurrences N° 1-2016, Art. N° 77681, pp. 141-143

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