The European Commission is calling on states to ensure airline acquisitions are in compliance with EU laws on airline ownership and control following Etihad Airways’ expansion into Europe. Etihad’s European expansion has included the acquisition of stakes in Darwin Airlines (now Etihad Regional), Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Air Serbia and potentially Alitalia. The laws limit foreign ownership to 49% and state that control of an EU airline must rest with an EU national. DG-Mobility ...

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