October 27, 2016 / 9:52 AM / 3 years ago

EU sends statement of objections to Brussels Airlines and TAP over code-share

A Brussels Airlines aircraft is seen with a design showing colors of the Belgium national flag. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union antitrust regulators have sent Brussels Airlines (LHAG.DE) and TAP Portugal a statement of objections over their code-sharing on the Brussels-Lisbon route because they believe it restricts competition between the two airlines.

The European Commission said it had concerns that the two airlines pursued an anti-competitive strategy on the Brussels-Lisbon route by discussing a capacity reduction, granting each other unlimited rights to sell seats on each other’s flights and aligning their ticket prices.

“We are concerned that in this particular case Brussels Airlines and TAP Portugal may have used their codeshare to restrict competition and harm passengers’ interests on the Brussels to Lisbon route,” said Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner.

Reporting by Julia Fioretti and Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel

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