|Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 5):|
Any commission that allows AF+KL but not FR/EI is suspect, nevermind AF+KL+IB+AZ
Well, that may be your opinion. But the definition of 'market' here is key. When they looked at FR
/EI they didn't look at the routes that both airlines flew, where competition would be reduced if they merged - but looked at the Irish market for air transport - i.e all o&ds out of Ireland. Using this analysis the merger would have significantly reduced competition in Ireland for air services.
Now, did the semi-merger of AF
/KL significantly reduce competition in either France or the Netherlands? Maybe, but not to the same degree as EI
/FR in Ireland. AF
wasn't 'that' big in Netherlands and KL
wasn't 'that' big in France. Does significant competition to AF
/KL remain in the French/Dutch markets for air services? I think the answer is yes.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I agree with DG
-COMP's view - just trying to explain it, as I understand it.