Star Alliance airlines to give up Frankfurt-New York slots

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Star Alliance members Air Canada, Lufthansa and United must release seven weekly slot pairs on the Frankfurt-New York route under obligations arising from their transatlantic joint venture.

The carriers must offer take-off and landing slots to allow rivals to operate a daily service between the German financial centre and either New York JFK or Newark airport during the 2014 summer season. Interested parties have until 22 August to apply for the slots. The transfers are being handled by FHKD Airport Coordination Federal Republic of Germany and the antitrust monitoring trustee CompetitionRx.

As a European Commission-imposed condition of antitrust clearance for their transatlantic joint venture which began in 2009, the airlines are legally bound to release slots on the Frankfurt-New York route until 2023.

Oneworld carriers British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia must perform a similar slot release on the London-New York route as part of clearance of their own transatlantic tie-up.