Air Canada/Transat (M.9489) [Archived]

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Air Canada/Transat (M.9489) [Archived]


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Case facts

OutlineEuropean Commission merger investigation into the proposed acquisition by Air Canada of Transat (M.9489). The proposed transaction involves an horizontal overlap in the market for air transport service between the EEA and Canada.

Latest developmentsOn 2 April 2021, the notification to the Commission was withdrawn and the parties announced that they had abandoned the transaction.

Parties• Air Canda: Air Canada is headquartered in Canada and is a global airline that provides scheduled passenger air transport services in Canada and internationally. It operates flights to Europe through its mainline fleet as well as through its subsidiary Air Canada Rouge, a lower-cost and leisure-focused service introduced in 2013. In addition to passenger air transport services, Air Canada also manages the Aeroplane loyalty program, provides air cargo service, ground handling services and offers vacation packages through Air Canada Vacations.

• Transat: Transat is headquartered in Canada and is the parent company of Air Transat, which provides scheduled passenger air transport services in Canada and internationally. Transat is also active as an international holiday travel company that develops and markets holiday travel services in Canada, the Americas and Europe.

BackgroundOn 27 June 2019, Air Canada and Transat announced that they had concluded a definitive Arrangement Agreement (Agreement) providing for Air Canada's acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares

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