Date of referral: 14.8.18
Statutory deadline: 28.1.19
The CMA has provisionally cleared the merger between Menzies and Airline Services.
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Responses to the issues statement
Response to the phase 1 decision
Directions for Monitoring Trustee
18 September 2018: On 7 September 2018, pursuant to an interim order dated 19 April 2018, the CMA directed Menzies Aviation (UK) Limited to appoint a monitoring trustee.
18 September 2018: The issues statement sets out the scope of the investigation. It outlines initial theories on what might be adversely affecting competition, but it does not set out findings or conclusions.
Inquiry group appointed
14 August 2018: The CMA has appointed the inquiry group:
Anne Lambert (Inquiry Chair), Anne Fletcher, Ulrike Hotopp and Paul Muysert.
Terms of reference
14 August 2018: The CMA has referred the completed acquisition by Menzies Aviation (UK) Limited of part of the business of Airline Services Limited for an in-depth investigation.
|Phase 1 Date
|7 August 2018
|12 to 26 June 2018
||Invitation to comment
|12 June 2018
||Launch of merger inquiry
|23 April 2018
||Initial enforcement order
14 August 2018: The CMA has referred the completed acquisition by Menzies Aviation (UK) Limited of part of the business of Airline Services Limited for an in-depth investigation:
Reference unless undertakings accepted
7 August 2018: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom. This merger will be referred for a phase 2 investigation unless the parties offer acceptable undertakings to address these competition concerns.
12 June 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
12 June 2018: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.
Initial enforcement order
On 19 April 2018, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Menzies Aviation (UK) Limited and John Menzies plc, in relation to the completed acquisition by Menzies Aviation (UK) Limited of part of the business of Airline Services Limited.
Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:
Competition and Markets Authority