All posts tagged "European Commission"

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    IAG / Ryanair Agree Aer Lingus Heathrow Slots Deal

    British Airways’ parent company IAG has agreed to buy some of the Aer Lingus slots at London Heathrow from Ryanair if the low-cost airline’s takeover bid for Aer Lingus gets approval from Brussels. IAG has confirmed it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Ryanair that is subject to the go-ahead...

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    UK Can Investigate Ryanair’s Stake in Aer Lingus

    The UK Competition Commission has been given the go ahead to investigate Ryanair’s shareholding in Aer Lingus. 

It has won the right to evaluate whether Ryanair’s 29.8% stake gives it undue influence over its rival. Ryanair had tried to fight against an investigation, arguing that it would undermine a separate probe by...

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    One-Year Freeze on EU-ETS for All Airlines

    The EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, announced yesterday a moratorium on the enforcement of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) to all international flights to and from the European Union until September 2013 so as to allow ICAO time to find a global solution on aviation emissions. The scheme will...

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    EC Refers Ryanair Offer for Aer Lingus to Phase II

    The European Commission has announced its decision to open an in-depth Phase II review into Ryanair’s latest offer to acquire control of Aer Lingus – and Ryanair has announced its intention to re-bid if the review clears its offer. Aer Lingus responded: “Ryanair’s first attempt to take over Aer Lingus was prohibited...

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    Aer Lingus Rejects Ryanair Offer

    As expected, the Board of Aer Lingus has rejected Ryanair’s Offer to acquire control of Aer Lingus for €1.30 per share, saying that it “fundamentally undervalues Aer Lingus and represents a significant discount to the intrinsic value of the business”. The Board “unanimously recommends shareholders should take no action in relation to...

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    New EC Passenger Rights App

    Air Passenger Rights (APR) Day is an initiative that began in 2011 with the aim of raising public awareness of their rights and entitlements when travelling by air. The initiative is co-ordinated by the European Consumer Centre’s Network with the assistance of National Enforcement Bodies such as the Commission for Aviation Regulation....

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    Passenger Rights for Disabled Air Travellers

    Many disabled and reduced mobility air travellers still face problems of unjustified refusals, and other unfair demands when attempting to travel. As thousands of disabled Paralympians and spectators prepare to travel to London for the 2012 Olympic Games, the European Commission has published guidelines to clarify their rights when travelling by air. Commission Vice-President...

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    Security Matters at Dublin Airport Resolved

    The European Commission has confirmed to the Department of Transport that both security deficiencies identified at Dublin Airport have now been resolved and that the Article 15 restrictions have been lifted. The two deficiencies that gave rise to additional security procedures being imposed on flights departing from Dublin have been addressed to...

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    Amadeus Supports Expedia EC Complaint Against Google Flight

    Amadeus has decided to support Expedia’s complaint to the European Commission that Google Flight Search is abusing Google’s dominant position on the Internet. The EC opened its investigation into Google in November 2010. Amadeus said its decision to back Expedia’s complaint was “in the long-term best interests of the travel industry as...

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    EC Clears IAG Acquisition of BMI

    The European Commission has given the go-ahead for the acquistion of British Midland International by the International Airlines Group, parent company of British Airways and Iberia. IAG said: “Some technical conditions need to be finalised before completion, which is anticipated to take place around 20th April 2012.” The approval comes after IAG...

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    Virgin Atlantic Lodges Complaint on IAG/BMI Merger

    Virgin Atlantic has lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission on IAG’s proposed takeover of BMI – and has announced a new London Heathrow – Vancouver summer service and an addition summer flight to San Francisco. The airline claims that if the merger is approved three key domestic routes to and...

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    Sea France Goes into Liquidation

    Ferry company SeaFrance has been liquidated by France’s Tribunal de Commerce after the European Commission ruled that a bailout by the French Government was illegal. Eurotunnel has offered to buy the company’s three ships and to lease them to a new operator, but P&O Ferries has warned that it would refer such...

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    EU Bans Airport X-Ray Body Scanners

    The European Union has issued a ruling that bans X-ray body scanners in all European airports. The European Commission said that the prohibition is necessary “in order not to risk jeopardising citizens’ health and safety.” European airports will use millimeter-wave scanners that utilise low-energy radio waves, rather than the X-ray body scanners,...

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    Aer Lingus Welcomes UK Judgement re Ryanair

    Aer Lingus has welcomed today’s announcement by the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal that the Office of Fair Trading is “in time” to investigate Ryanair’s minority shareholding in Aer Lingus under the UK’s merger control legislation. Aer Lingus’s Chief Executive, Christoph Mueller, said: “It is now clear that the OFT has the jurisdiction...