Consolidation or Fragmentation? European Competition Law in the EU Air Transport Sector: A Policy Analysis

Polish Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 33 (2013), pp. 189-203

21 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2014

See all articles by Dr hab. Jakub Kociubinski

Dr hab. Jakub Kociubinski

University of Wroclaw - Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics

Date Written: July 28, 2014

Abstract

This article analyses the priorities of European competition law in the air transport sector in the light of the ongoing process of the industry’s consolidation. The oligopolistic nature of the airline business results in a natural tendency towards its concentration. From the standpoint of regulatory oversight, the question is how to manage or counteract this tendency in order to achieve defined policy goals. In this vein, European competition law has departed from the model whereby the competitive process in itself is the priority and turned to an instrumental approach, with preference given to the welfare of customers.

This analysis will highlight three policy areas relevant to the discussed subject. It begins with antitrust law, with special emphasis on the sector-specific phenomenon of airline alliances; then discusses merger control, especially in the context of pro-competitive remedies, and finally State aid, with particular focus on the effects of the compensatory scaling-down of operations which are imposed on recipients of a rescue and restructuring aid grant.

Keywords: EU, competition law, European Union law, air transport sector, antitrust law, merger control, state aid

JEL Classification: K21, K33, K39

Suggested Citation

Kociubinski, Jakub, Consolidation or Fragmentation? European Competition Law in the EU Air Transport Sector: A Policy Analysis (July 28, 2014). Polish Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 33 (2013), pp. 189-203. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2473104 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2473104

Jakub Kociubinski (Contact Author)

University of Wroclaw - Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics ( email )

Pl. Uniwersytecki 1 50-137
Wrocław
Poland

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