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Ryanair says will appeal against EU takeover decision

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair on Wednesday said it would appeal against the European Commission's decision to block its third attempt to take over rival carrier Aer Lingus, which welcomed the rejection. "Ryanair today confirmed that it will appeal the EU Commission's announced decision to prohibit its latest offer for Aer Lingus," it said in a statement that also slammed what it called a "political" decision.

UPDATE 3-EU regulators block Ryanair's third bid for Aer Lingus

* EU says deal could have led to higher prices for consumers * Ryanair to challenge European Commission ruling * Lawyer sees possible implications for Greek airline deal By Foo Yun Chee and Conor Humphries BRUSSELS/DUBLIN, Feb 27 (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators have blocked a third attempt by Ryanair to buy Irish rival Aer Lingus, a ruling Europe's biggest low-cost airline called politically motivated and vowed to challenge in court.

Ryanair to appeal EU veto of Aer Lingus merger

* Ryanair to appeal European Commission decision * Ryanair says decision political, plans legal action * Decision likely to end seven year pursuit of Aer Lingus DUBLIN, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Budget airline Ryanair will appeal Wednesday's decision by Europe's anti-monopoly watchdog to block its third takeover bid for Aer Lingus , potentially leaving the fate of its Irish rival in limbo for years.

Ryanair says Brussels to block Aer Lingus takeover bid

Irish no-frills airline Ryanair said Tuesday that the European Commission would block its takeover bid for rival carrier Aer Lingus on grounds of unfair competition, adding it would appeal against the decision. "Ryanair...was notified this (Tuesday) morning at a state-of-play meeting with the EU Commission, that the EU Commission intends to prohibit Ryanair's offer for Aer Lingus, despite the fact that Ryanair has met every competition concern raised in the EU's statement of objections and during the review process," it said in a statement.

Ryanair says Brussels to block Aer Lingus takeover bid

Irish no-frills airline Ryanair said on Tuesday that the European Commission intended to block its takeover bid for rival carrier Aer Lingus on grounds of unfair competition and that it would appeal against the decision. "Ryanair...was notified this (Tuesday) morning at a state-of-play meeting with the EU Commission, that the EU Commission intends to prohibit Ryanair's offer for Aer Lingus, despite the fact that Ryanair has met every competition concern raised in the EU's statement of objections and during the review process," a statement said.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Ryanair says Brussels to block Aer Lingus takeover bid

Irish no-frills airline Ryanair said on Tuesday that the European Commission intends to block its takeover bid for rival carrier Aer Lingus on grounds of unfair competition. "Ryanair... was notified this (Tuesday) morning at a state-of-play meeting with the EU Commission, that the EU Commission intends to prohibit Ryanair's offer for Aer Lingus, despite the fact that Ryanair has met every competition concern raised in the EU's statement of objections and during the review process," said a statement. bcp/rfj/arp

UPDATE 2-Flybe, Ryanair seal deal on new Irish airline

* Carrier to be created if Aer Lingus-Ryanair merger succeeds * Deal attempt by Ryanair to allay EU concerns on merger * Ryanair will provide 100 mln euros, use of Aer Lingus brand * Analyst says chance of EU approval 50 pct at best By Rhys Jones and Conor Humphries

Last chance for Ryanair-Aer Lingus deal, EU says

BRUSSELS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Ryanair has one last chance to argue the merits of its latest attempt to acquire Irish rival Aer Lingus, the European Union's antitrust chief said on Friday, as he prepares to decide the deal's fate. Europe's leading low-cost carrier is making its third takeover bid for Aer Lingus after the European Commission blocked its first attempt in 2007 and Ryanair dropped its second in 2009.

Court orders Ryanair to cough up for volcano chaos

The European Court of Justice Thursday ordered Irish airline Ryanair to compensate passengers whose travel plans were thrown into chaos by the 2010 eruption of an Icelandic volcano, in a ruling with implications for the entire industry. The airline immediately warned that ticket prices even for budget travellers will rise to offset costs from any future extreme events that the company previously considered to be "acts of God" for which it was not financially responsible.

UPDATE 2-Ryanair lifts profit forecast on resilient N. Europe

* Ups FY profit forecast to 540 mln euros from 490-520 mln * Average fares surge 8 percent in three months to December * UK, Germany, Scandinavia unexpectedly strong By Conor Humphries DUBLIN, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Ryanair hiked its full-year profit forecast on Monday as strong demand in Northern Europe lifted average fares dramatically in the last three months of 2012.
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