SkyTeam, Delta Cede Slots At JFK
Following a probe by the European Union into alleged antitrust concerns, SkyTeam’s Air France-KLM Group, Alitalia SpA, and Delta Air Lines Inc. have chosen to give up valuable arrival and departure spots at New York’s JFK Airport. The opened spaces will apply to Rome-New York and Amsterdam-NewYork routes, according to the European Commission.
The EU released a statement on Tuesday arguing that the commission was specifically concerned that an alliance between these airlines on these specific routes would unfairly remove other airlines from an opportunity to compete. The concerns specifically applied to coach, business, and first class airfare to Amsterdam and coach, first, and business class tickets to Rome, as well as business and first class tickets to Paris from New York.
SkyTeam has also offered to allow competing airlines to sell tickets on their flights, as well as offer frequent flyer program miles on all three routes in the future.