The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Northwest Airlines ("NWA") by Delta Airlines, both U.S. carriers. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it. For transatlantic scheduled air passenger transport, the Commission's assessment of the proposed merger takes into account the fact that Delta and Northwest are both SkyTeam members and already cooperate extensively on transatlantic routes with the European SkyTeam member airlines, namely Air France, KLM, CSA Czech Airlines and Alitalia, as set out in several Commission decisions, notably in the Air France/KLM case. In light of the SkyTeam members' extensive cooperation on transatlantic routes independently of this merger, the mainly complementary nature of Delta's and Northwest's respective networks as regards transatlantic routes and the results of the market investigation which did not identify any concerns on the overlap routes, the Commission has concluded that the present transaction would not raise competition concerns.

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