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Ryanair: UKCC report is bizarre

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Ryanair will appeal the UK Competition Commission (UKCC) report which found that Ryanair, through its minority (29.8%) shareholding in Aer Lingus, "had led or may be expected to lead to a substantial lessening of competition between the airlines on routes between Great Britain and Ireland".

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This baseless, says the company, claim is manifestly disproven by 7 years of evidence and by the European Commission's recent (February 2013) ruling that competition between Ryanair and Aer Lingus has "intensified" since 2007.

Under EU law, the UKCC has a duty of sincere cooperation with the EU, and cannot contradict or reach different conclusions to the European Commission's findings.

Ryanair sad that the report by the UKCC infringes this legal duty by ignoring and contradicting the recent findings of the European Commission.

The Commission found that "Aer Lingus and Ryanair compete on a greater number of routes compared to the 2007 Decision", "there is significant competitive interaction between the Parties", and "evidence collected by the Commission in the market investigation has also confirmed that the competitive relationship between Ryanair and Aer Lingus has at least persisted, if not increased, since 2007".

"This report by the UKCC is bizarre and manifestly wrong but also entirely expected. From the first meeting with the UKCC it has been clear to us that Simon Polito's and Roger Davis' minds had been made up in advance and no truth or evidence was going to get in the way of their story. This prejudicial approach to an Irish airline is very disturbing, coming from an English government body that regards itself a model competition authority," said Ryanair's Michael O'Leary.


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