EU extends deadline for decision on Air Canada-Transat deal

FILE PHOTO: An Air Canada Airbus A320-200 airplane prepares to land at Vancouver's international airport in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ben Nelms/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators have extended their deadline for a decision on Air Canada's AC.TO proposed acquisition of Canadian tour operator Transat TRZ.TO by two weeks to Jan. 8.

The European Commission, which opened an investigation in May on concerns that the deal could push up prices and reduce choice for flights between Europe and Canada, said the extension was applied in agreement with the two companies.

Air Canada last month cut its offer price for Transat by nearly 75% to about C$188.7 million (110.1 million pounds) because of the COVID-19 impact on travel demand.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by David Goodman