Case COMP/M.6447 IAG/bmi

Monitoring Trustee in Case No COMP/M.6447 IAG/bmi

CompetitionRx (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mazars LLP) is the Monitoring Trustee (“Trustee”) for the monitoring of the commitments given by International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A. (IAG) to the European Commission (“Commission”) in relation to its acquisition of British Midland Limited (bmi) on 30 March 2012 (Case No COMP/M.6447) (“Commitments”).

The Commitments, the Commission’s press release and other case related information can be downloaded directly from the Commission’s case page:

http://ec.europa.eu/competition/elojade/isef/case_details.cfm?proc_code=2_M_6447

The general responsibilities of the Trustee are set out in Clause 6.2 of the Commitments. The Trustee also has specific responsibilities with respect to each commitment which are set out in the relevant sections of the Commitments. 

Slot Release Procedure

The Commitments require an Applicant requesting slots to follow the three steps set out in Clause 1.4.1 of the Commitments at least seven (7) weeks before the Slot Request Submission Deadline (“SRSD”) for the first IATA season for which they are applying for slots. The SRSD for the IATA Winter 2022/2023 Season is Thursday 19 May 2022 and therefore the deadline for requesting slots is 31 March 2022.  

The Trustee will open the application process under the Slot Release Procedure on 17 March 2022. Applications for slots for Winter 2022/2023 Season must be received by the Trustee by 18:00 (BST) on Thursday 31 March 2022. Applications received after this deadline will be rejected.

Under the Commitments, Applicants are permitted to use the slots to operate services on the following routes:

  • London – Aberdeen
  • London – Edinburgh
  • London – Nice
  • London – Cairo
  • London – Riyadh

For the IATA Winter 2022/2023 Season, four (4) slot pairs will be available for each day of the week. In addition, there will be four (4) slots pairs available on Saturday only and two (2) slot pairs available on Sunday only (34 slot pairs in total). These slot pairs may be used for operations on London Heathrow-Aberdeen, London Heathrow-Edinburgh, London Heathrow-Nice, London Heathrow-Cairo and London Heathrow-Riyadh only.

Further details about the slot application and selection procedure are set out in Clause 1.4 of the Commitments.

To facilitate the submission of slot requests and processing of application information, the Trustee has prepared a Slot Request Application Form, a copy of which may be requested by emailing the Trustee at: 

justin.menezes@mazars.com

stephen.wainwright@steergroup.com

emma.waterhouse@mazars.com 

iva.mushani@mazars.com

Anonymity

Applicants are allowed to request anonymity for their slots requests under the Slot Release Procedure as set out in Clauses 1.4.1(c) of the Commitments. 

Applicants that DO NOT REQUIRE anonymity for their slot requests at Heathrow Airport are strongly encouraged to also contact Airport Coordination Ltd (“ACL”) at the earliest opportunity. ACL is responsible for the coordination of slots, service, and infrastructure requirements at Heathrow Airport. In the first instance, Applicants should contact Richard Cann or Ingrid Hainy at ACL, whose details are provided below.

Telephone:

+44 (0)20 8564 0600

Fax:

+44 (0)20 8564 0691

Email:

heathrow@acl-uk.org

Richard.Cann@acl-uk.org

Ingrid.Hainy@acl-uk.org

SITA:

LONACXH

Website:

www.acl-uk.org

Applicants that REQUIRE anonymity under the terms of Clauses 1.4.1(c) of the Commitments should ONLY CONTACT THE TRUSTEE through the email addresses provided above.