EU investigating Ryanair-Aer Lingus merger

EU’s contention: Both carriers are close competitors on a number of routes

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The EU Commission has started investigations in to the proposed merger between Ryanair and Aer Lingus. According to an EU press release, “On a large number of European routes … the two airlines are each other’s closest competitors”; hence the need to investigate the matter. A decision about the merger will be known by January 16, 2013.