Competition conundrums

Ryanair’s swoop for Aer Lingus has proved to be controversial, with the government, trade unions and, latterly, businessman Denis O’Brien forming a somewhat unlikely alliance opposed to the bid.

21st October, 2006

There has been much discussion of the possible competition implications, and last week, government officials met their EU counterparts to argue against the proposal on competition grounds. Some have suggested that, if the acquisition goes ahead, competition would be eliminated, with two airlines being replaced by a monopoly. Such arguments appear somewhat simplistic.

It would appear that the takeover would be subject to EU merger rules, rather than national legislation. Assuming that Ryanair can secure...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly

€315

€248

Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

The year in review

Legacy Richie Oakley 1 year ago

Newsround: What Thursday’s papers say

Legacy Leanna Byrne 5 years ago

More cycle routes, expansion of Luas to Bray and new bus network proposed

Legacy Digital Desk 5 years ago