WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday said that the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) and JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O) would go forward.
In its lawsuit filed in September in Boston, the government asked Judge Leo Sorokin to order the airlines to end their “Northeast Alliance” partnership, saying it would lead to higher fares in busy Northeastern airports. read more
The agreement allows American and JetBlue to sell each other’s flights in their New York-area and Boston networks and link frequent flyer programs, giving them more muscle to compete with United Airlines (UAL.O) and Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) in the Northeast.
JetBlue said that it believed the Northeast Alliance delivered significant benefits to consumers. “We are confident the court will rule in our favor after we present the facts this September,” the company said in a statement.