The EU Commission prohibits a merger in the airline industry using econometric and surveys evidence to assess the non-coordinated effects of the merger (Ryanair / Aer Lingus)

"Econometric and survey evidence in the competitive assessment of the Ryanair-Aer Lingus merger"*I. Introduction Recently, the Commission prohibited the hostile takeover by Ryanair of Aer Lingus. The facts of this case differ from previous airline mergers assessed by the European Commission. This was the first time the Commission had to assess a proposed merger of the two main airlines in a single country, with both operating from the same “home” airport - Dublin. It was also the first time the Commission had to assess a merger of two “low-cost” airlines, operating on a “point-to-point” basis. Furthermore, the number of overlapping routes is unprecedented compared with previous airline cases. A comprehensive account of the Commission’s findings and assessment in this case is given in a

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