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Following two years of scrutiny, the European Union's competition commissioner, Karel van Miert, finally accepted the principle of big airline alliances, approving--with qualifications-the planned tie-ups between British Airways and American Airlines, and among Lufthansa, SAS and United. BA/AA have to give up 267 slots between them each week at London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports to competing airlines, while Lufthansa and United must cede 108 slots weekly, mainly at Frankfurt Airport

Van Miert reduced his original slots demand considerably but ruled that the handovers are to he done within six months without compensation. His ruling also limits BA and AA services between London and Chicago, Miami and Dallas, and Lufthansa/United services from Frankfurt to Chicago and Washington, D. …

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