27th Feb 2023 @ 9:50 am

Ex-Canarian President Fernando Clavijo has criticised the acquisition of Air Europa by Iberia’s International Airline Group (IAG), claiming that it may lead to higher fares and the establishment of a monopoly.

The IAG already owns five airlines: Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, Vueling and Level, and Clavijo fears that the concentration of so many operators in the hands of one company is a barrier to competition.

Clavijo, the Colaicion Canaria’s candidate for presidency in this May’s regional elections, also criticised the Spanish government’s decision to sell off air control services at major Canarian airports to private companies. “These two decisions go against mobility to and from the Canaries,” he sated. “they affect the quality of service on planes and, in the case of Air Europa, put the frequency of flights and amount of seats at risk.”

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