The EU Commission told the airline that it intended to block its offer for its rival over competition concerns. Lawyers for the firm have now been instructed to appeal any prohibition to the European Courts.
Spokesperson Robin Kiely said the company’s remedies package, designed to assuage anti-competition fears, addressed every issue raised in the EU’s Statement of Objections.
“Ryanair has no alternative but to appeal any prohibition decision and we expect to get a fair hearing at the European Courts, as we haven’t received one from Commisisoner Almunia and his case team. This decision is clearly a political one to meet the narrow, vested interests of the Irish Government and is not based on competition law.”