German competition regulator ends probe into Air Cargo Germany merger

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Germany's competition regulator has ended a probe into the tie-up between Air Cargo Germany and Russian outsize freight specialist Volga-Dnepr, believing there are "no competitive concerns" surrounding the deal.

The Bundeskartellamt says it ended its review of the merger on 15 March. It sees Volga-Dnepr Logistics, Dutch subsidiary of Volga-Dnepr, take an undisclosed share in Air Cargo Germany.

Volga-Dnepr has a fleet of Antonov An-124 and Ilyushin Il-76 transports but also operates Boeing 747 Freighters through its scheduled arm AirBridge Cargo.

Air Cargo Germany emerged as a specialist 747 freight operator in 2008. It has a fleet of four 747-400SFs based at Frankfurt Hahn.