Source: Obama DOJ not push-antitrust proceedings against airlines

Los Angeles, USA – 22. February 2016: Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-800 with the registration N3760C starts from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the United States. Delta Air Lines is an American airline based in Atlanta.


WASHINGTON – The justice Department, which began investigating alleged collusion between the nation’s major airlines in mid-2015, is not a antitrust bring proceedings against the carrier before the Obama administration leaves office at the end of next week, familiar to a person familiar with the situation.

The civil investigation is not completed, warned the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Ministry of justice is known, all open to the public.

Some airline executives believe that the President-elect, Donald Trump, the administration, the better for you, as President Barack Obama’s administration, the following briefly tried to block the American Airlines-US Airways merger on antitrust grounds, and adopted rules on fare advertising, the industry.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. CEO, Ed Bastian, said this week that he was excited about the prospect of a trump administration. He said it could be the subsidies do more to invest in the infrastructure of the airports and the border of the United States, a growth of three middle East airlines and some American airlines accuse get unfair state.


The Ministry of justice’s investigation of the Delta, American Airlines Group Inc., United Continental Holdings Inc. and Southwest Airlines co. goes back to June 2015. The regulatory authorities asked airlines for the communication they have with each other, Wall Street analysts and major shareholders on transport capacity.

Antitrust investigators tariffs were concerned that the airlines may have illegally indicated, and under pressure to limit each other to engage in flights and seats for a bid in the amount.

The investigation began after several years of rising rates, but the government that were the case, may be undercut by a decline in prices caused by too many seats on the market that had already begun by mid-2015.

Airline representatives said they had not been recently informed about the progress of the investigation, confidence in the avoidance of litigation but expressed.


“We have worked together, and are confident that the DOJ will come to the same conclusion we have— that the Americans have done nothing to violate the law,” said American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller.

Delta spokeswoman Elizabeth Wolf said the airline “has always been our ability to act independently and, therefore, do not expect DOJ.”

United and Southwest declined to comment.

An industry official briefed on the matter said the justice Ministry had not dismissed the action, but merely left to the next administration.

The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported this week that the justice Department had found no evidence that she deserves, brings anti-trust proceedings against the airlines. The Department has not formally close the case, however, the newspaper said.

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