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European Commission opens consultation on new state aid rules for airports and airlines

  • Mayer Brown LLP
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  • European Union
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  • July 8 2013

Public financing of airports and airlines by national and regional governments is currently assessed under the 1994 and 2005 Community Guidelines on

Minority shareholdings and merger control: the Office of Fair Trading refers Ryanair’s minority stake in Aer Lingus to Competition Commission

  • Mayer Brown LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • June 21 2012

On 15 June 2012, the OFT announced its decision to refer the 2006 completed acquisition by Ryanair of a minority stake of 29.8 in Aer Lingus to the Competition Commission

BAA’s right to appeal against forced sale: Court of Appeal grants BAA the opportunity to challenge fairness of Stansted sale

  • Mayer Brown LLP
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  • United Kingdom
  • -
  • June 7 2012

On 28 May 2012, England’s Court of Appeal granted BAA permission to challenge its forced sale of Stansted airport

Ryanair’s right to appeal rejected: Supreme Court rejects Ryanair’s application for permission to appeal

  • Mayer Brown LLP
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  • United Kingdom
  • -
  • June 7 2012

On 1 June 2012, the UK Supreme Court rejected Ryanair’s application to appeal the OFT’s judgment to proceed with a merger review into its 2006 purchase of a minority stake (29.82) in rival airline, Aer Lingus

Aid to a regional airport: European Commission opens in-depth investigation into potential State aid at Beauvais airport

  • Mayer Brown LLP
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  • European Union
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  • June 7 2012

On 30 May 2012, the Commission announced that it has decided to open an in-depth State aid investigation into whether financial arrangements between public authorities and the French airport of Beauvais, and rebates and marketing agreements between this airport and its customer airlines, are in line with EU State aid rules

Secretary of State for Transport issues written statement on airport charges price controls in relation to Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted

  • Mayer Brown LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • May 22 2012

On 16 May 2012, the Department for Transport announced that the Secretary of State for Transport had issued a written statement on the removal of a mandatory reference to the Competition Commission from the Civil Aviation Authority’s (“CAA”) price control review process for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports

OFT fines British airlines in airline fuel surcharges price-fixing case

  • Mayer Brown LLP
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  • United Kingdom
  • -
  • April 24 2012

On 19 April 2012, the OFT announced its decision in its Competition Act 1998 investigation into collusion by BA and Virgin over the pricing of passenger fuel surcharges

Commission publishes interim text of commitments accepted in International Consolidated Airlines GroupBritish Midland Limited merger

  • Mayer Brown LLP
  • -
  • European Union
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  • April 10 2012

On 4 April 2012, the European Commission published a non-confidential version of the commitments accepted as a condition of its approval of IAG’s acquisition of bmi

Commission fines freight forwarders for participation in four price-fixing cartels

  • Mayer Brown LLP
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  • European Union
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  • April 3 2012

On 28 March 2012, the European Commission announced that it had fined 14 international groups of companies a total of 169m for participating in four cartels which aimed to fix prices and other trading conditions in international air freight forwarding services

Commission opens in-depth investigations into aid to airports in Belgium, France and Germany

  • Mayer Brown LLP
  • -
  • Belgium, European Union, France, Germany
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  • March 27 2012

On 21 March 2012, the European Commission announced that it has opened an in-depth investigation into whether financial arrangements between public authorities and airports Charleroi (Belgium), Angoulême (France) and Dortmund (Germany), and certain rebates and marketing agreements concluded between these airports and airlines using them, are in line with EU State aid rules