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EU Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert sees a light at the end of the tunnel for the tortuous, 2-year investigation into the proposed alliance between American Airlines and British Airways (see next item also).

"We hope before the end of June" to make decisions on the BA/AA and United/Lufthansa/SAS alliances," van Miert said in Washington.

The first step is to take a position on the number of additional slots to be made available as the price for approval. After a brief period for comments, the commission will make the final decision. Then, it is up to the national authorities to take decisions that should be in line with the commission," he said. …

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