Monday,  November 30, 2020  9:44 pm

EU regulators freeze Air Canada/Transat probe; more data needed


EU regulators freeze Air Canada/Transat probe; more data needed
U regulators have frozen their inquiry into the Air Canada/Transat A.T. Inc. anti-trust probe, citing more data is needed.
Christine Hogg

Christine Hogg is the Associate Digital Editor at PAX Global Media. Prior to joining PAX, she obtained her Honours BA in Journalism from the University of Toronto. Upon graduating, she went on to write for several travel publications while travelling the world. Her longest trip was a three-week stint in Europe, and the shortest was a 16-hour adventure in Iceland. Get in touch: christine@paxglobalmedia.com.

EU regulators have frozen their inquiry into the Air Canada/Transat A.T. Inc. anti-trust probe, citing more data is needed, Reuters reports.

Last month, the EU opened a four-month investigation into the deal between the two Canadian airlines, after concerns arose over possible fare increases and less choice for those seeking to fly between Canada and Europe. The probe came to a stop on June 18th.

Underlying factors

Last week (June 11th), Transat hinted that there are “certain factors beyond its control and related to the COVID-19 pandemic” that could influence the outcome of the proposed arrangement. Last summer, Air Canada made a $720 million-dollar (CAD) bid that was approved on August 23rd, 2019.

Transat released its second quarter results on June 11th, reporting a loss of $179.5 million (or $4.76 per diluted share) in the quarter ended April 30 compared with a loss of $939,000 (or two cents per diluted share) last year.

Completed in the fourth quarter?

Transat says its deal with Air Canada will likely be completed during the fourth quarter of 2020 if the required approvals are obtained and the conditions are met.

Previously, the Commission had until Sept. 30th to make a decision on the poised deal. 

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