The European Commission is expected to publish its findings on the Lufthansa purchase of Ita in early next week, concluding the antitrust investigation that began on January 23. The merger has been under scrutiny due to concerns about a possible monopoly position that could result from the merger.

Ryanair’s CEO, Michael O’Leary, suggested that 30% of Fiumicino slots should be given up and distributed among other carriers to ensure fair competition. This was a potential objection raised by community institutions, especially regarding the monopoly position that could result on certain routes due to Lufthansa’s existing portfolio of airlines.

The contract between Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance (Mef) and Lufthansa dates back almost a year. Mef expressed frustration at the length of the operation and called on the EU to approve the merger to create a strong European champion in the aviation sector. Lufthansa’s CEO indicated progress in talks with the European Commission and is optimistic about getting approval soon.

Overall, negotiations and discussions surrounding a potential merger between Ita and Lufthansa are ongoing, with various stakeholders closely monitoring the situation and awaiting a decision from the EU Commission.

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