The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has invited third parties to submit written representations in relation to the OFT’s merger investigation under the Enterprise Act 2002 into the completed acquisition by Ryanair Holdings Plc of a minority interest in Aer Lingus Group.  

Following the conclusion of appeals before the EU General Court, the OFT had previously announced in October 2010 that it had begun a merger investigation into the transaction and, in January 2011, the OFT announced it considered it was “in time” to undertake that investigation. Ryanair appealed this decision by the OFT and the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), in July 2011, decided against Ryanair and concluded the OFT was “in time”.

Written representations in relation to this transaction must be submitted to the OFT by 14 September 2011.