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Why has the European Commission cleared other airline mergers (IAG/BMI, Aegean/Olympic) but blocked Ryanair/Aer Lingus?

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Published on LexisPSL on 21/11/2013

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  • Why has the European Commission cleared other airline mergers (IAG/BMI, Aegean/Olympic) but blocked Ryanair/Aer Lingus?

In February this year, the European Commission prohibited Ryanair's third bid to acquire control of Aer Lingus (see Ryanair/Aer Lingus III).

The Commission prohibited the deal as the two airlines are each other's closest competitors on routes from Dublin airport, with no other airlines close to competing or having the brand awareness in Ireland. Furthermore, on many routes, the acquisition would result in a merger to monopoly. In fact, since the first prohibition decision in 2007, competition between the two airlines had actually intensified. Although Ryanair submitted proposed commitments to the Commission, these didn't adequately address the Commission's concerns.

In contrast, the Commission has cleared a n

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