European Commission clears British Airways owner IAG to buy bmi from Lufthansa
Saturday, March 31, 2012
The deal is set to cost IAG, who also own, 172.5 million. That value could fall as budget subsidiary may be retained by Lufthansa or sold elsewhere, and IAG are reported to be primarily interested in the main bmi business. A regional subsidiary also exists.
IAG intends to use acquired slots at the busy Heathrow Airport, which serves London, to expand their own routes into Asia. The EC required IAG to surrender a number of flight slots at the airport. The slots surrendered or made available for lease are for use to destinations in Scotland, France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. The EC also insisted that combined BA/bmi routing be made available for competitors to buy transfer seats upon.
Lufthansa intended to shut down bmi had the bid failed. The transaction is presently scheduled for completion April 20.
IAG bosscalled the sale "great news for Britain" with results that are "good for UK business and UK consumers." Virgin boss had previously said the move would give BA excessive dominance on Scottish flights. More Heathrow slots earmarked for Scotland have been given up than any other destination.
Ryanair took the opportunity to claim only their own takeover bid for has been a major EC casualty. "Today's rubber-stamping of BA's purchase of bmi shows yet again that the EC has one rule for Europe's flag-carriers, but different rules for Ryanair", said Ryanair chief .
- Nathalie Thomas. "British Airways eyes Asian routes after owner IAG given green light to buy bmi" — , March 30, 2012
- Geoff Meade (European Commission approves bmi takeover" — , March 30, 2012). "