14-Oct-2009 10:52 AM

Two US Senators express concern of American Airlines/British Airways antitrust immunity application

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.