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US: Delta Air Lines allowed to expand its EU joint venture

 |  November 24, 2019

The Transportation Department is letting Delta Air Lines, Air France, KLM, and Virgin Atlantic expand their joint venture on flights between the US and Europe without worrying about violating antitrust laws.

The Department approved antitrust immunity for the expanded deal, which covers more European flights than two previous ones covering flights between the US and both the United Kingdom and continental Europe.

Some consumer groups argued that the joint venture will reduce competition and lead to higher fares. New York-based JetBlue Airways, which plans to begin flights to Europe in 2021, claimed US-Europe service is dominated by three big airline alliances.

According to the New York Times, the Transportation Department stated it will protect competition.

Full Content: New York Times

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