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Virgin to raise concerns with EU
29 Mar 2015 17:05
Virgin Atlantic is set to raise its concerns with the European Commission next week about the possible sale of Aer Lingus to the International Airlines Group.
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The Oireachtas Transport Committee will decide in the coming days if it will allow the airline to make its case in Leinster House.
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For the second time in seven days Virgin has written to an Oireachtas Committee. This time it was responding to a request for information from the Transport Committee.
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Politicians wanted to know what exactly Richard Branson's airline’s fears about the possible merger of Aer Lingus and British Airways were.
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Virgin said it wanted legally binding commitments on the total number of Aer Lingus and BA flights from Ireland to the UK.
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It is calling on the European Commission to make sure it can continue to compete with BA for Aer Lingus passengers connecting to long haul flights from the UK.
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This can be done through something called a special prorate agreement.
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The airline said it would discuss this with the committee next Thursday, however, Government TDs are not so sure that now is the time to hear from them.
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On the prospect of the sale of the Government's stake in Aer Lingus, Minister for Communications Alex White said he would look at any proposals “in the round”.
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