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Thursday 11 May, 2000

OfficeFair Trade

Merger Update

Office of Fair Trading
11 May 2000


 'INVITATION TO COMMENT'  

 Acquisition by National Express Group subsidiary Airlinks of London United's 
 Airbus.
 
 The Director General of Fair Trading is considering whether the above     
acquisition qualifies for investigation under the merger provisions of the
Fair Trading Act 1973.  Should it be found to qualify, the Director General
will consider it further with a view to advising the Secretary of State for
Trade and Industry under section 76(1) of  the Act as to whether or not the
merger should be referred to the Competition Commission for investigation and
report. 

Please send written representations about any competition or public interest
implications, by 18 May 2000, to:

     Ms Angela Pickett
     Mergers Branch
     Fourth Floor, Room 4C/04
     Office of Fair Trading
     Fleetbank House
     2 - 6 Salisbury Square
     London EC4Y  8JX    

     FAX: 0207-211-8916