Thursday, February 18, 2010

Havel on oneworld Order

Professor Brian Havel, Director of the International Aviation Law Institute, was featured in Main Justice's story on the recent tentative order from the Department of Transportation granting the oneworld Alliance antitrust immunity to cooperate on marketing, scheduling, and revenue sharing for transatlantic air services.  See Aruna Viswanatha, DOT Snubs DOJ in Approving Airline Alliance, Main Just., Feb. 15, 2010 (available here).  From the story:

This weekend’s ruling is subject to a comment period, and observers expect the Justice Department to weigh in again. Additional comments could pressure the DOT to impose stricter conditions, said Brian Havel, a professor at DePaul College of Law and director of the International Law Aviation Institute, in an e-mail to Main Justice.

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When American Airlines and British Airways previously sought antitrust immunity for a joint venture in 2001, the DOT had asked the airlines to surrender 16 slots per day. “The DOT’s request that oneworld surrender Heathrow slots is little more than a bone they are tossing to the DOJ,” Havel said. “The DOJ brought up slot surrender in its public comments, but was likely envisioning something more comprehensive.”

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