Virgin oppose American Airlines and Iberia alliance

VIRGIN Atlantic reacted 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 to 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. BAA/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 of the fattest. Regulators must block this attempt to create such a giant champion of anti-competitive behaviour.”

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