After an in-depth investigation, the German airline Lufthansa has clearance under the EC Merger Regulation to acquire the Belgian airline SN Brussels. The European Commission's approval is conditional on Lufthansa's commitment to ensure competition on four key passenger routes between Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. Lufthansa has offered a comprehensive remedies package which will free up slots to allow new entrants to operate flights on the affected routes thus reducing any anti-competitive effects of its acquisition. Lufthansa had previously received clearance for its proposed acquisition of UK airline British Midlands in May 2009.
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