Following the initial market investigation, the Commission points out that the proposed acquisition may raise serious concerns in the passenger air transport sector between Ireland and various European countries. The Commission fears that the take-over would result in reduced choice for consumers and could give rise to higher fares than would be likely if the two carriers remain separate. In order to remove the identified competition concerns, Ryanair has already proposed a package of remedies. However, the Commission’s market testing of the initial remedies concluded that the proposal was not sufficient to remove the serious doubts of the Commission. The Commission now has 90 working days (until 11 May 2007) to take a final decision on whether Ryanair may acquire Aer Lingus. [20 December 2006]