CMA opens investigation into Atlantic Joint Business airline alliance
The CMA has opened an investigation into the Atlantic Joint Business Agreement between American Airlines, members of International Airlines Group (British Airways and Iberia) and Finnair under Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 and Article 101. Following an investigation under EU competition law, in 2010 the European Commission accepted commitments from the parties in relation to 6 routes to address potential competition concerns: London-Dallas, London-Boston, London-Miami, London-Chicago, London-New York and Madrid-Miami. The CMA has decided to review afresh the competitive impact of the agreement in anticipation of the expiry of the commitments in 2020. Click here.
CMA provisionally clears media intelligence merger
The CMA has provisionally found that the proposed merger between Nielsen and Ebiquity does not raise competition concerns. Although both Nielsen and Ebiquity sell advertising intelligence products to UK and international customers, the CMA has provisionally found that the design of the products, how they are used and the fact that very few customers switch between the companies means they do not closely compete. Click here.
The CMA has issued its final report in relation to its phase 2 investigation of the JLA/Washstation merger, deciding that JLA must sell Washstation to preserve competition in the supply of managed laundry services to higher education providers. Click here.