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The Irish Times - Ireland | 23/04/2015

Airline mergers stifle competition

Ireland's government has been negotiating with the International Airlines Group (IAG) for several weeks over the sale of its shares in the state-run airline Aer Lingus. The mergers in Europe's aviation industry are detrimental to consumers, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times warns: "In a worst case scenario, the ongoing consolidation of the European airline market has the potential to create three regional monopolies, with the Lufthansa group taking the east, Air France/KLM taking the centre and IAG taking the western coastal European market. ... EU lawmakers need to revisit European competition law to ensure it is robust enough to deal with the new market situation emerging and, where necessary, update the law to make it fit for purpose and then strongly enforce it to keep the aviation market open to real competition."

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