THE US DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoT) has finalised its decision to grant Austrian Airlines, Delta Airlines, Sabena and Swissair immunity from US anti-trust laws over the co-ordination of their air services.

The Clinton Administration, however, has placed restrictions on the immunity, which remains in effect for five years. The carriers have agreed to conditions designed to protect competition in three markets: Atlanta-Brussels, Atlanta-Zurich and Cincinnati-Zurich. The DoT will also examine competition over the next 18 months on the New York to Brussels, Geneva, Vienna and Zurich routes.

Source: Flight International