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oneworld partners call slot decision "objectionable" but will comply for anti-trust approval

1-Apr-2010 10:41 AM

oneworld alliance members American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair and Royal Jordanian stated they did not believe US regulators should force them to give up slot pairs at London Heathrow International Airport to secure regulatory approval for their anti-trust immunity application, but would accept the penalty to win approval (Dow Jones, 31-Mar-2010). The oneworld carriers stated the move to force them to lease slots to other carriers for a ten-year period was "objectionable", as recent Star Alliance and SkyTeam anti-trust approvals did not include similar penalties.