JetBlue Airlines aircraft at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia, USA, Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
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A lawsuit filed in federal court in Massachusetts in September said airlines’ so-called northeastern partnerships could violate antitrust laws, reduce regional competition, boost airfare and reduce quality of service. Insist.
This partnership will allow American Airlines and JetBlue Airlines to sell each other’s flights to and from the northeastern United States, including the normally congested airports in the Boston and New York City areas.The airline argued that the partnership approved at the end of the Trump administration would allow them to compete better. Delta Air Lines When United Airlines regional.
American Airlines and JetBlue Airlines said Monday that the Justice Department and other plaintiffs did not show that the alliance had hurt competition or pushed up fares, and as a result, the proceedings should be abandoned.
“The NEA has been in progress for nine months, but plaintiffs do not claim that the NEA caused a single high price, a decline in quality, or a slight decline in production,” the airline wrote.
The Justice Department declined to comment.
American JetBlue seeks dismissal of antitrust proceedings linked to partnership
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