EC approves Aegean acquisition of Olympic Air

The European Commission (EC) has announced its decision to approve the acquisition of Olympic Air by Aegean Airlines.

Aegean commented that the rationale of the European Commission decision supports the absolute necessity of economies of scale to achieve viability within the Greek aviation market. The acquisition, says the airline, creates the conditions for the establishment of a sustainable Greek carrier, competitive within the region and capable of supporting a growth momentum which will benefit Greek Tourism and the local economy.

Following EC approval, the acquisition of the shares of Olympic Air and the assumption of management by Aegean is expected to be completed by 18 October 2013. The total consideration for the transaction has been set at €72 million, of which €20 million has already been paid.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Olympic Air will become a subsidiary of Aegean, while the process of unification of the support functions will begin immediately. The two brands and logos of the companies will remain with each one retaining distinct aircraft and flight activity.

Theodore Vassilakis, chairman of Aegean, commented, "As of today our obligation and commitment to serve our passengers and our country become even greater. While growing in size we also have to further improve our services to be more effective in the support of all Greek regions and ensure competitive access even to the smallest Greek island. The economies of scale will allow us to offer more competitive fares on our domestic network, especially for the small islands. At the same time, the synergies will allow us to support an improved growth rate for our international network, both from Athens and the periphery, contributing substantially to the development of tourism and the economy."

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