EU more positive on Lufthansa/AUA deal
After Lufthansa has put forward new proposals adressing competitive concerns, the EU Commission is optimistic on a quick approval of the takeover of Austrian Airlines by the German carrier.
Commissioner Kroes has instructed her services to draft a conditional clearance decision. The draft decision will be submitted to the Advisory Committee of the Member States and a final proposal will be presented, for adoption, to the College of Commissioners as soon as possible, it was said in Brussels today.
“We welcome the positive signals we have received from Brussels and are counting on formal approval soon of the merger with Austrian Airlines“, said the Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Wolfgang Mayrhuber. “In taking this course, the EU Commission underlines its strategy to give the European airline industry a chance to persist amid global competition. Also a market with the size of Austria can keep its international connections. The strategy thereby ensures competition which has risen steeply and steadily since deregulation and liberalisation of the market. The interests of customers and locations are taken into account adequately.”
“A prompt go-ahead for the merger is essential for Austrian Airlines, the airport Vienna and all the partners involved in air traffic to obtain planning security and to undertake the necessary measures resolutely,” Mayrhuber emphasised.