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E.U. Revises Exemption For Airline Trade Organization

Law360 (October 2, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Seeking to toughen up the rules on airline pricing, the European Union has decided to lift the antitrust protection that has allowed airlines to set prices among themselves for trips where passengers fly with several carriers on one ticket.

The E.C. moved on Monday to eliminate the tariff-coordination meetings held by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a Montreal, Canada-based trade organization representing more than 260 airlines.

Since 1993, E.U. competition rules have allowed air carriers to agree on prices for “interlining” journeys, or trips where...
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