BA, American tie-up could lead to “competitive harm”


The US Department of Justice has reported that the joint transatlantic venture between British Airways and American Airlines (AA) could result in “competitive harm”.

The competition watchdog reported that fares between six transatlantic routes "could increase up to 15% under the proposed agreements".

The report advised British Airways and AA to agree to concessions in order to secure approval.

Airport officials also recommended that BA sell some of its previous take-off and landing slots at London’s Heathrow airport.

The agency identified six routes serving 2.5 million passengers annually that the carriers would unfairly leverage if allowed to proceed without conditions under the joint venture.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
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