Brussels Airlines/TAP Air Portugal (AT.39860) [Archived]

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Brussels Airlines/TAP Air Portugal (AT.39860) [Archived]

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ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 30 October 2018; it is no longer maintained.

Case facts

OutlineEuropean Commission Article 101 TFEU investigation into Brussels Airlines and TAP Air Portugal (Case AT.39860).

Latest developmentOn 30 October 2018, the Commission announced that it closed its investigation. The Commission concluded that the evidence collected was not sufficient to confirm its initial concerns; furthermore, since 2014, new airlines have begun to compete with the code-sharing airlines on the Brussels-Lisbon route, to the benefit of consumers.

The Commission points out though that this closure decision does not mean that close forms of cooperation between competing airlines will not raise competition concerns.

PartiesBrussels Airlines, based in Belgium (and a subsidiary of the German airline Lufthansa), and TAP Air Portugal, based in Portugal.

Market(s)Scheduled passenger flights between Belgium and Portugal.

BackgroundBoth Brussels Airlines and TAP Air Portugal are members of Star Alliance.

The Commission formally launched its investigation in February 2011 on its own initiative and carried out dawn raids in December 2011.

On 27 October 2016, the Commission issued a statement of objections to Brussels

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