The Italian Competition Authority conditionally clears an airline merger by imposing a slot divestiture remedy (Alitalia/Wind Jet)

By a second phase investigation decision the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) has recently cleared the Alitalia acquisition of a low cost carrier, Wind Jet [1]. To deal with the post merger dominant position of Alitalia on the Milan-Catania, Rome-Catania and Milan-Palermo routes, the ICA imposed the divesture of a number of slots at the airports of Rome and Milan as a condition for the authorization of the merger. The ICA decision Via the proposed acquisition of Wind Jet Alitalia tries to consolidate its market position in the low cost segment of air passenger transport where it is already present with its subsidiary Air One. Considering that low cost carriers exert a relevant competition pressure on legacy airlines, the ICA feared that the consummation of the merger

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Michele Giannino, The Italian Competition Authority conditionally clears an airline merger by imposing a slot divestiture remedy (Alitalia/Wind Jet), 13 juillet 2012, e-Competitions July 2012, Art. N° 48226

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