bmi, the UK`s second largest full service scheduled airline, today called for British Airways and Iberia to give up slots at Heathrow, as it outlined a series of concerns to the European Commission over the proposed commercial co-operation arrangements between British Airways, Iberia and GB Airways.
bmi believes that the commercial arrangements between the three airlines raise serious competition concerns around scheduled air services between the UK and Spain.
The tie-up will lessen competition between London Heathrow and Madrid and will remove competition altogether between London Heathrow and Barcelona.
Remedies suggested by the parties concerned are inadequate and further commitments should be made by British Airways and Iberia to ensure competition remains on all routes between the UK and Spain
Tim Bye, bmi`s legal director and company secretary, said: “The remedies proposed are wholly inadequate and will have a detrimental affect on competition between the UK and Spain.
“Lack of competition on these routes will mean lack of choice for passengers from Heathrow to both Madrid and Barcelona
“The only way to remedy this situation is for British Airways and Iberia to relinquish slots at Heathrow to ensure that proper competition is maintained”.