European Commission appoints US-American slots monitor

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CompetitionRx has been appointed as the European Commission's monitoring trustee in the American Airlines-US Airways merger case.

As such, it will oversee commitments by the carriers to release one daily slot pair at Heathrow in order to allow a competitor enter the London-Philadelphia market - a condition of European clearance for the merger.

Applications for the first slot release for the 2014 summer season have until 16.00 UTC on 30 August to contact UK-based Airport Coordination and the US Federal Aviation Administration.

CompetitionRx is already monitoring a number of merger and antitrust cases for the commission, including the integration of BMI into IAG and the transatlantic joint venture between Air Canada, Lufthansa and United Airlines.

The appointment of CompetitionRx comes despite the US Department of Justice filing suit earlier this month to block the proposed American-US merger on competition grounds.