Part V Air Transport, 17 Competition (II): Mergers and State Aid
Daniel Mes, Luis Ortiz Blanco, Jokin Beltrán de Lubiano
Edited By: Luis Ortiz Blanco, Ben Van Houtte
- European Union — Air Transport — National merger control — State aid
The transatlantic revenue-sharing joint ventures came very close to a full merger of the operations of the airlines involved. For legal reasons, the Commission had to assess them under Article 101(1) TFEU. The impact that they have on competition, however, is largely the same. There are many commonalities to find in the Commission’s competition analysis of full mergers. The large majority of mergers notified to the Commission were between airlines that concentrate their operations at airports in different countries. The Commission looks at the impact of the merger on different routes or city pairs. Competition concerns are often found on the trunk routes that connect two airport hubs of the merging airlines. Chapter 17 continues the discussion of the application of the competition rules to the airline industry, focusing on merger control and the practice in connection with State aid.