US Senators, Herb Kohl and Orrin Hatch, have expressed concerns regarding the trans-Atlantic antitrust immunity application by American Airlines and British Airways, noting that such an agreement “raises significant competition issues” and merits close antitrust scrutiny by the US Justice Department (Reuters/Dow Jones, 13-Oct-2009). The Senators expressed their concerns in a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, and a Justice Department antitrust official, whose departments are reviewing the application that would allow American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia to expand cooperation within the oneworld alliance.
Two US Senators express concern of American Airlines/British Airways antitrust immunity application
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