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Aer Arann's complaint not upheld

THE Competition Authority (CA) has dropped an investigation into claims by Aer Arann that rival Ryanair was deliberately targeting one of its routes.

The CA confirmed yesterday that it would not be proceeding with an investigation into specific complaints from Aer Arann that Ryanair was engaging in unfair competition on the Dublin-Cork route.

Ryanair yesterday hailed the CA decision as a vindication of its position, but Aer Arann said it was considering its legal options. It can still take its case to the High Court.

The CA was unable to determine whether Ryanair has a dominant position on the Cork-Dublin route and, therefore, could not proceed to investigate accusations made by Aer Arann that Ryanair was engaged in predatory pricing.

A Ryanair spokesman described Aer Arann's claims as "baseless" and welcomed the CA's move.

Ryanair claims that it has 80pc of all air passenger traffic on the Dublin-Cork route. It operates five return flights a day between the two cities, while Aer Arann operates two.

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