BRUSSELS—The European Commission (EC) has decided to launch a formal investigation into the codeshare deal between Brussels Airlines and TAP Portugal to verify whether the two airlines pursued an anticompetitive strategy on the Brussels–Lisbon route. The European competition watchdog on Oct. 27 confirmed it had sent a so-called “statement of objections” to Brussels Airlines and TAP informing them of the suspected violations of EU antitrust rules. This formal step in ...

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