The FT is reporting that the European Commission is examining “as a matter of priority” whether the joint venture between Air France – KLM, Alitalia and Delta Airlines is harming the interest of passengers by limiting the competitive pressure on ticket prices.
The Luftie United-Continental JV is already being investigated although clearance to the partnership between BA, AA and Iberia has already been given.
The commission has a more focussed investigation than the previous enquiry into Skyteam. It may result in the alliance giving up some slots in JFK as opposed to putting the alliance at risk.
The commission’s investigation into BA, AA, Iberia concluded in 2010, resulted in peak-time slots being relinquished in both LHR and JFK so the rights could be reallocated to competing carriers.
There was no mention of BA recently increasing its LHR allocation following the acquisition of BMI and its 56 slot pairs.