UK Competition Authority challenges CityJet-Aer Lingus wet lease

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is challenging CityJet‘s plan to operate two Avro RJ85s on behalf of Aer Lingus. In an agreement announced in late August, Aer Lingus will take over CityJet’s existing service between Dublin and London City beginning on 28 October, and CityJet will operate the RJ85s on its behalf on the route. The CMA issued an initial enforcement order (IEO) on 12 October, stating its concern that the agreement could result in the two airlines ceasing to be distinct. The agreement can proceed for now, but the two airlines must report regularly to the CMA.

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