Aer Lingus Limited / Cityjet Designated Activity Company merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the long term wet lease arrangement entered into between Aer Lingus Limited and Cityjet Designated Activity Company.

Phase 1 Action
24 December 2018 Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
29 October 2018 to 12 November 2018 Invitation to comment
29 October 2018 Launch of merger inquiry
4 October 2018 Initial enforcement order

(*) This date is the current statutory deadline by when the decision will be announced. If any change occurs, the information is refreshed as soon as practicable. However, the CMA cannot guarantee that the decision will be announced on or before this current deadline, as the deadline of a given case may change during the merger assessment process due to different reasons.

Phase 1

Invitation to comment: closes on 12 November 2018

29 October 2018: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction has resulted in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation has resulted, or may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.

Launch of merger inquiry

29 October 2018: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Initial enforcement order

On 4 October 2018, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A., Aer Lingus Limited and Cityjet Designated Activity Company in relation to the long term wet lease arrangement entered into between Aer Lingus Limited and Cityjet Designated Activity Company.

Contact

Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:

Thierry Houle-Graham
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

thierry.houle-graham@cma.gov.uk

Published 12 October 2018
Last updated 29 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Launch of merger inquiry.
  2. First published.