EU: Vestager zeroed in on Lufthansa’s Air Berlin bid

EU: Vestager zeroed in on Lufthansa’s Air Berlin bid

The European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said Friday, December 8, that she had “deep competition concerns” about Deutsche Lufthansa’s bid for Air Berlin, Reuters reports. “There is a risk that… Lufthansa becomes de facto a monopoly on a significant number of routes,” Ms Vestager said at a press conference, according to Reuters. The statement […]

EU: Lufthansa’s offers over Air Berlin land short of runway

EU: Lufthansa’s offers over Air Berlin land short of runway

Deutsche Lufthansa has to do more to allay European Union concerns about its takeover of most of Air Berlin after offering concessions that won’t fully appease regulators, according to two people familiar with the process. Lufthansa would need to improve upon its offer to cede landing rights of Air Berlin’s Niki arm in order to […]

EU: Lufthansa offers concessions over Air Berlin asset buy

EU: Lufthansa offers concessions over Air Berlin asset buy

German airline Lufthansa has offered concessions to try to allay competition concerns about its plan to buy Air Berlin assets, EU antitrust regulators said on Friday, December 1. The European Commission, concerned about Lufthansa’s potential dominance in Germany as a result of the plan, extended its deadline for a decision on the deal to December […]

EU: Brussels questions purchase of Air Berlin by Lufthansa

EU: Brussels questions purchase of Air Berlin by Lufthansa

The European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, has stated assurances that the EU Executive is analyzing “very thoroughly” the acquisition of Air Berlin by Lufthansa, having detected “very serious” overlaps in the markets of both companies. “In the merger of Lufthansa and Air Berlin we are investigating the markets very thoroughly because we see very […]

EU: Lufthansa’s Air Berlin buy stirs up competition concerns

EU: Lufthansa’s Air Berlin buy stirs up competition concerns

Ryanair has vowed to refer Lufthansa’s deal to acquire some assets of bankrupt Air Berlin to the European Union competition authorities. The Irish carrier had previously described the possibility of a deal between the two German airlines as a “stitch up” intended to strengthen Lufthansa and late on Thursday, October 12, it announced it will […]

Germany: Lufthansa may lease aircraft from Air Berlin

Germany: Lufthansa may lease aircraft from Air Berlin

The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the wet-lease agreement on 38 passenger aircraft between Lufthansa and Air Berlin. The agreement was proactively notified by the parties according to German merger control rules. With the wet-lease agreement Air Berlin will lease 38 aircraft of the types Airbus A319 and A320, including cockpit and cabin crews, to Lufthansa and […]

EU: Airlines Lufthansa and Etihad not ‘in merger talks’

EU: Airlines Lufthansa and Etihad not ‘in merger talks’

Germany’s Lufthansa is not in talks about Etihad Airways taking a stake in the German airline, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, denying an Italian newspaper report that said it was. “A financial stake is out of the question at the moment,” one source, who is familiar with Lufthansa’s plans, said. A […]