Ryanair Holdings plc v CMA (Court of Appeal) [Archived]
Ryanair Holdings plc v CMA (Court of Appeal) [Archived]

The following Competition guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Ryanair Holdings plc v CMA (Court of Appeal) [Archived]
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CASE HUB (appeal lodged by Ryanair at the Supreme Court; however, the Supreme Court refused permission to appeal)

ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the judgment of 12 February 2015; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

Outline Appeal by Ryanair against the CAT’s ruling upholding the Competition Commission’s (CC) final report on Ryanair's completed acquisition of a minority stake in Aer Lingus in which the CC ordered Ryanair to reduce its shareholding in Aer Lingus from 29.8% to 5%. The Court of Appeal issued its judgment, dismissing the appeal, on 12/02/2015.

Parties Ryanair Holdings plc—the largest low-cost airline in Europe, offering flights from 49 base airports throughout Europe. It is headquartered in Dublin, one of its largest bases. 

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) (formerly the Competition Commission)

Aer Lingus Group plc (intervening)

Background Ryanair acquired it's 29.8% stake in Aer Lingus during the years 2006/07. It has attempted to acquire the remaining shares in Aer Lingus on three occasions—two attempts were prohibited by the European Commission (in 2007 and 2013) and one bid was