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COMPETITION POLICY DELAYED

DOT extended the comment period for its proposed competition policy statement to July 24, and lengthened the reply period as well, in response to a request by the Air Transport Assn. of America.

Major network airlines are attacking the policy statement as unnecessary and harmful to consumers. Some are claiming that the policy statement is illegal as well, because DOT lacks the authority to take enforcement action against anticompetitive behavior.

According to ATA, Congress explicitly removed authority over antitrust issues from DOT when it passed the CAB Sunset Act in 1984. Northwest and American have made similar arguments. …

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