A formal rejection of Ryanair’s proposed takeover of Aer Lingus is not expected until March even though the Irish carrier has publicly announced that the European Commission (EC) intends to prohibit the deal. According to Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, the EC’s decision is not based on competition law but on political grounds to “meet the narrow, vested interests of the Irish government.” The low-cost carrier, which already owns 30% of Aer Lingus, is making its third attempt ...

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