Competition Commission gives airline merger the green light

The Competition Commission of South Africa this week approved the proposed merger of Air France KLM SA (AFKL) and Virgin Atlantic Limited (VAL) without any conditions. 

The AFKL network operates flights to Europe and the rest of the world from its two hubs in Paris and Amsterdam.

VAL provides 25 direct flights worldwide which include direct services to and from South Africa and London.

The proposal is “unlikely to result in a substantial prevention or lessening of competition in any relevant market,” said the Commission in a recent statement. 

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