Qatar Airways’ plans to take a 49% shareholding in Italy’s Meridiana fly have been approved by the European Commission (EC). The approval by the EC’s competition authorities removes the last obstacle to the Middle East carrier taking a stake in Sardinia-based Meridiana fly. The deal is expected to close in April, a Meridiana fly spokeswoman told ATW March 24. In a statement, the EC said that while the two airlines’ activities overlapped on a number of routes, mainly ...

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