The OFT has approved Air France KLM Group's (AF) acquisition of VLM Airlines N.V. (VLM). The merger had raised competition concerns on flights between London City Airport and Schipol Amsterdam Airport. As AF also owns KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the merger would have given AF a market share of over 70% of the weekly take-off and landing slots available on this route. Following AF's offer to divest the newly acquired slots on this London-Amsterdam route, the OFT indicated that this was insufficient and that the merger would only be cleared if an immediate purchaser for the slots could be found. This was intended to ensure the purchaser of these slots would maintain competition on the route. The OFT has now approved the transfer of the slots to Eastern Airways (UK) Limited, which is a new entrant on this route. The OFT is increasingly requiring an up-front purchaser in relation to divestment remedies, as was also the case with Dunfermline's acquisition of Berkshire Regional Newspapers Limited earlier this year.