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Ryanair's Aer Lingus bid faces EU inquiry

Budget airline Ryanair's latest attempt to take over its Irish rival Aer Lingus is to be investigated by the European Commission.

The commission said that its initial findings "indicated potential competition concerns".

In June, Ryanair proposed a cash offer for Aer Lingus valuing it at 694m euros ($883m; £561m).

Aer Lingus has already asked for the bid to be rejected; but Ryanair has actually asked rival airlines to consider providing competition on routes to and from Dublin where the two Irish carriers are the leading or only providers.

Jeremy Howells reports.

  • 29 Aug 2012
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