The Commission has cleared the acquisition of Spanish low-cost airlines Vueling and Clickair by the Spanish flag-carrier Iberia. The approval was made conditional upon the implementation of commitments including a commitment by the parties to release slots in Barcelona and other European airports to address competition concerns on those routes where the proposed concentration would have led to a restriction of competition. In the light of these commitments, which were designed to encourage competing airlines to enter or expand on those routes, the Commission approved the proposed transaction.
The Commission also unconditionally approved the acquisition of Martinair by KLM. Both Dutch airlines are active in the transport of passengers and cargo. In September 2008, the Commission opened an in-depth investigation because of concerns regarding the potential impact of the proposed transaction on passenger transport. The Commission focused on the route between Amsterdam and Curacao and Aruba (in the Dutch Antilles). Following a Phase II in-depth investigation, which included a consumer survey at Amsterdam-Schiphol airport, the Commission concluded that the transaction would have only a limited impact on the market and it was therefore approved.