EU approves Virgin Atlantic’s acquisition of Flybe following slot commitments

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The European Commission has finally approved the acquisition of Flybe by the Virgin Atlantic-led Connect Airways consortium.

It was not entirely pain free, with the airline required to surrender five daily slot pairs at Amsterdam Schiphol and three daily slot pairs at Paris Charles de Gaulle.

These must be made available to any airline which wants to fly to Birmingham.  The European Commission decided that Air France KLM’s 31% shareholding in Virgin Atlantic meant that there would otherwise be no substantial competition on these routes.

To date, staff at Flybe have not even been allowed to meet their counterparts at Virgin Atlantic, yet alone start jointly working up a new strategy.  A rebranding is certain, as is the integration of Flybe into Virgin Flying Club.

There is a lot of work to do, however.  This article, entitled ‘Toxic Flybe Brand Needs To Be Addressed’, gives you an idea of the challenge ahead.

European Commission approves acquisition of Flybe by Virgin Atlantic

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