SkyTeam offers slots to counter EU probe

SkyTeam Alliance members have proposed to make slots available at European Union airports to allow competitors to operate new services, according to the European Commission this Friday.

Last year the Commission raised concerns about the possibility that cooperation between the alliance members was hurting competition.

The EC has also raised a probe on the issue, snice the alliance is suspected of creating “significant” barriers to entry for competitors on routes where it has a strong market position.

The airlines in question are Aeromexico, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM, Korean Air, Northwest Airlines and Air France.

“To address these concerns, the parties have offered commitments designed to facilitate new entry on the routes in question,” the Commission said in a statement.

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“The parties mainly offer to make slots available at appropriate EU airports to allow competitors to operate new or additional services and to share their frequent flyer programs.”

The regulator was especially concerned about the alliance’s operations on specific city pairs, where its operations was clearly dominant.

The city pairs where the new remedies are suggested are Amsterdam-Detroit, Amsterdam-Minneapolis, Paris-Atlanta, Paris-Cincinnati, Rome-Atlanta, Milan-New York City, Paris-Prague, Milan-Prague, Rome-Prague, Amsterdam-Prague and Paris-Seoul, the commission said.
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