Official Journal of the European Union

C 184/41

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.5141 — KLM/Martinair)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2008/C 184/10)


On 17 July 2008, the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which the undertaking KLM Royal Dutch Airlines NV (‘KLM’, the Netherlands) controlled by Air France-KLM Holding SA (‘Air France-KLM’, France) acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation sole control of the whole of the undertaking Martinair Holland NV (‘Martinair’, the Netherlands) by way of purchase of shares.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for KLM: international network airline active worldwide in the air transport of both freight and passengers,

for Martinair: airline offering both charter and scheduled services, serving only intercontinental destinations and transporting both freight and passengers.


On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of Regulation (EC) No 139/2004. However, the final decision on this point is reserved.


The Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on the proposed operation to the Commission.

Observations must reach the Commission not later than 10 days following the date of this publication. Observations can be sent to the Commission by fax ((32-2) 296 43 01 or 296 72 44) or by post, under reference number COMP/M.5141 — KLM/Martinair, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry


B-1049 Bruxelles/Brussel

(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1.