The European Commission (EC) is investigating the proposed takeover of Aer Lingus by Irish rival Ryanair, and from comments made today by the commission it appears there is a concern the deal could be anti-competitive. “On a large number of routes, mainly out of Ireland, the two airlines are each other’s closest competitors and barriers to entry appear to be high,” the EC wrote in a statement on Wednesday. “Many of these routes are currently only served by these two airlines. The ...

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