28-Oct-2009 10:34 AM

DOT ruling on American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia alliance reportedly to be delayed

US Department of Transportation’s (DoT) ruling on American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia’s proposed alliance may reportedly be postponed by at least two weeks beyond the scheduled 31-Oct-2009 deadline, due to differences in opinion on how to assess the case between the DoT and Department of Justice (Dow Jones, 27-Oct-2009). The DoT also plans to coordinate its response with the EU’s findings, which is also reportedly slowing the assessment. American Airlines stated last week the ruling was likely to be delayed, while British Airways stated it remained hopeful the decision would be made by the deadline, and is confident the application will be approved.

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