Five Carriers Share Antitrust Info With DOT On Request
They have nothing to hide... and they want the US Department of
Transportation to know it. On Friday, five "oneworld" alliance
airlines seeking global antitrust immunity responded to a request
for additional information from the DOT, regarding their plans to
form a massive trans-Atlantic alliance.
American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair and Royal
Jordanian filed their response on March 13 to answer follow-up
questions posed by DOT in December. In August, the airlines
submitted their application to DOT and also informed the
appropriate authorities in the European Union.
Those carriers assert antitrust immunity will allow oneworld to
compete more effectively against the SkyTeam and Star alliances,
"both of which already enjoy broad antitrust immunity." That will
lower prices, the airlines claim, and benefit passengers through
more opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flier miles on
Opponents respond by saying the expanded alliance will slash competition
on the lucrative trans-Atlantic routes between the US and Europe,
not broaden it. The DOT is expected to issue its ruling on the
matter in the second half of this year.