EU: Inquiry into Alitalia, Air France and Delta joint ventur

Antitrust to check if competition rules have been broken

27 January, 15:45

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JANUARY 27 - The EU Antitrust has opened an investigation into the joint venture formed by Air France-KLM, Alitalia and Delta, to check whether it has broken European competition rules, the European Commission reports.

The Antitrust wants to see whether the alliance between the three airlines "has had an impact on the interests of passengers flying between the EU and the USA," in particular on ticket prices in the absence of mutual competition. Today the Commission also closed another inquiry into an agreement closed by eight SkyTeam members: Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, Continental Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta, KLM and Korean Air Lines. In 2009 and 2010, Air France-KLM, Alitalia and Delta, three members of the SkyTeam alliance, closed a deal on the creation of a transatlantic company for EU-North America routes. Based on this deal, the airlines have coordinated their transatlantic activities regarding capacity, schedules, prices and revenues. Moreover, they have shared losses and profits booked on transatlantic flights. That form of partnership is the closest form of cooperation between SkyTeam partners and is aimed at aligning commercial offers. (ANSAmed).

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