Ryanair said yesterday that it expects the European Commission to block its proposed €1.48 billion hostile takeover of Aer Lingus and vowed to fight the decision vigorously. The EC has until July 4 to issue a ruling on the merger (ATWOnline, May 7), but Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "leaked" documents indicate the proposed combination will be blocked. "The European Commission's decision to prohibit this merger between two EU airlines which between them represent just 5% of European ...

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