Brussels Airlines/TAP Air Portugal (AT.39860) [Archived]
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ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 30 October 2018; it is no longer maintained.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.

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