Vueling to swallow clickair, Iberia and Spanair next to resolve
Vueling and clickair have agreed to merge, in a move to rationalise competition in the brutal Spanish low cost market. A merger, which is subject to Spanish competition commission approval, would create an airline with approximately 50 aircraft and 10.7 million passengers p/a, the third largest airline in Spain, after Iberia and Spanair. A merger would also enable local LCCs to be better placed to compete with Ryanair and easyJet, which have made major inroads into the markets to/from Spain and on domestic routes over the past two years. [1356 words]
Unlock the following content in this report:
- Control issues major hurdle
- May catalyse further consolidation
- Vueling and clickair separately expecting profit in 2009
- Vueling load factors up in Jun-08; down in 1H08 due to focus on yield improvements
- New international routes launched; becomes ELFAA member
Graphs and data:
- Vueling and clickair route network overlaps: week commencing 07-Jul-08
- Vueling traffic highlights for six months to 30-Jun-08
- Vueling traffic highlights for Jun-08
- Vueling traffic highlights for three months to 30-Jun-08
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