Ryanair’s 3rd Aer Lingus Bid Faces Familiar Turbulence

Law360, New York (June 20, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT) -- Despite the European Commission's increasing willingness to allow consolidation and cooperation among airline industry rivals, attorneys say Ryanair Holdings PLC's third bid to take over Aer Lingus Group PLC, made Tuesday, will likely arouse similar competition concerns as its blocked 2006 attempt.

Antitrust experts cautioned that though the EC's recent clearance of British Airways parent International Airlines Group SA's acquisition of British Midland Ltd. marked a slight shift in the regulator's analysis of airline tie-ups, the EU watchdog's continuing focus on examining competition on a route-by-route...
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