British Airways and American Airlines face challenge to immunity extension: Europe share wrap
The DoJ stated competition could be affected on up to six trans-Atlantic routes, servicing 2.5 million passengers p/a, including New York-London, Boston-London and Chicago-London and recommended that the carriers surrender some takeoff and landing slots at congested airports or make concessions on highly concentrated routes.
American Airlines disagreed with the findings, and still expects the US Department of Transportation to approve its pricing and route alliance with British Airways in a “timely manner.” Also included in the anti-trust immunity proposal are Iberia, Finnair and Royal Jordanian.
Aer Lingus appoints Interim Chief Financial Officer
Shares in Ireland’s Aer Lingus rose 1.4% yesterday. The carrier announced the appointment of Andrew Macfarlane as Interim Chief Financial Officer. Mr Macfarlane (53) will join the Group with immediate effect. Most recently, Mr Macfarlane served as CFO of Rentokil Initial plc and his career has covered the leisure, business services, real estate and accounting sectors.
Europe selected airlines daily share price movements (% change): 21-Dec-09