Virgin reacts to possible BA, AA and Iberia alliance

3rd Jul 2008

Virgin Atlantic has issued a statement in reaction to reports that BA may seek an alliance with American Airlines and Iberia.Paul Charles, Director of Communications, said: “We would oppose this attempt to create an anti-competitive alliance. It
would form a dominant mega-power on transatlantic air routes from two of the largest EU members, forcing up ticket prices for passengers and restricting choice.”

“BA/AA/Iberia would together dominate slots at Heathrow Airport and use that power to block new entrants onto key routes in Europe and across the Atlantic. The current crisis in aviation must lead to survival of the fittest, not protection for the fattest. Regulators must block this attempt to create such a giant champion of anti-competitive behaviour.”


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