29-Jun-2011 3:07 PM

Competition Tribunal gives reasons for Air Canada/Continental United rejection

Canada Competition Tribunal released (28-Jun-2011) a notice to specify why it is attempting to stop the Air Canada/Continental United venture. The bureau felt compelled to block the partnership because the carriers have opportunity to remove new competition on important Canada-US routes. It focussed on United Continental Holdings Inc’s strength at terminals including Chicago O’Hare, Denver International, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental, Cleveland Hopkins International, Los Angeles International and Washington Dulles. In the documents, the bureau suggested that the venture will increase costs for consumers because it will be difficult, if not impossible, for other carriers to compete on those routes. [more]

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