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European Commission busy with flurry of consolidation activity in Europe, starting with Spain


The past month has seen a flurry of consolidation activity in Europe, involving carriers of all shapes and sizes.

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  • European Commission clears Iberia's proposed acquisition of Vueling and Clickair
  • The integration challenge
  • LCCs overtake traditional airlines in Spain for the first time in Sep-08
  • Vueling: Hoping to bring first-ever profit to merger table
  • Improvement Plan shows signs of success
  • Reports improved load factors, unit yields and revenue to offset decline in passenger traffic
  • Conclusion: More mergers on the runway

Graphs and data:

  • European consolidation activity: Dec-08 and Jan-09
  • Spain domestic capacity share by carrier (seats per week as % of total): Week commencing 12-Jan-09
  • Spain International capacity share by carrier (seats per week as % of total): Week commencing 12-Jan-09
  • Routes where competition concerns were identified and airports where slots will be released
  • The airlines involved in the formation of Neuve Vueling
  • Vueling and Clickair fleet: Jan-09
  • Spanish airline failures/cessations: Sep-08/Oct-08
  • LCC market capacity (seats): 2006-2008E
  • Vueling fleet plan: 4Q07 to 1Q09
  • Vueling fleet reductions/increases: 1Q07 to 3Q08
  • Vueling average cost per aircraft (EUR) and fleet size
  • Vueling four strategic pillars
  • Vueling key developments: 4Q08
  • Vueling GDS sale growth
  • Vueling change in revenue per passenger: 1Q07 to 3Q08
  • Vueling ancillary revenue growth: 1Q07 to 3Q08
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