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Air France, Delta, Alitalia near transatlantic tie-up

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EU may soon approve agreement between three airlines
Air France-KLM, Alitalia and Delta are expected to win antitrust approval from the European Union in the next few weeks for a planned transatlantic tie-up, insiders have revealed.
For more than three years, the European Commission has been investigating the possibility that the SkyTeam members’ tie-up could harm passengers’ interests on certain routes. But last October the partners offered to help new rivals enter the market.
The insiders now say the commission will approve the tie-up if the airlines let rivals launch services on routes between New York and both Rome and Amsterdam. Other concessions include fare “combinability” and pro-rata deals with the new competitors, allowing rivals to offer tickets on the three airlines’ flights and facilitating links to connecting traffic.
Similar tie-ups were approved, after concessions were agreed, for oneworld members British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia in 2010 and Star Alliance members Lufthansa, United Airlines and Air Canada in 2013.
Reuters
[photo courtesy Air France]

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