EC Antitrust Control of the Sky Team Alliance

In this article (Paragraph No. 10,551) deregulation and liberalization of air transport services have contributed significantly to the proliferation of airline alliances. Airline alliances that have an effect on the territory of the European Community are subject to EC antitrust laws, primarily Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty. The author discusses the case of Sky Team, one of the largest worldwide alliances, which currently is being examined by the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. Although this case is still pending, it is relevant because, for the first time, the Commission is exercising its enlarged enforcement powers regarding international airline alliances. In June 2006, the Commission sent a Statement of Objections to the Sky Team members involved in which it expressed its concern over competition regarding certain routes. The airlines involved offered the Commission remedies specifically designed to address the competition concerns, such as slot divestiture. The EC competition authority attached particular importance to this case, the author notes, because it believes the case will “contribute to the development of the Commission in the area of global airline alliances.”

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Aviation Law Institute

    DePaul University College of Law, 25 E Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago, IL  United States  60604
  • Authors:
    • Baronnat, Emilie
  • Publication Date: 2008


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Transfer Binder 2: 2004-2008
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 4251-4265
  • Monograph Title: Issues in Aviation Law and Policy

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01141781
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 6 2009 2:29PM