The US DoJ approves a merger between two airlines companies, subject to an undertaking to lease routes to a competitor (United / Continental)

The DOJ cleared the merger between United and Continental Airlines, pursuant to their agreement to lease routes for 18 round-trip flights to and from Newark Liberty International Airport to Southwest Airlines. As a surprise to many, the DOJ’s analysis determined that the flight routes and geographic markets serviced by United and Continental did not significantly overlap, other than flights in and out of Newark Airport. Thus, a narrow agreement to divest these 18 flight routes sufficiently preserved competition in the national airline industry. United Airlines, the 3rd largest airline provider in the United States in 2009, had hubs in Chicago, Washington Dulles, Denver, San Francisco, Tokyo Marist, and Los Angeles. Continental Airlines was the 4th

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Katherine Whitehead Miller, The US DoJ approves a merger between two airlines companies, subject to an undertaking to lease routes to a competitor (United / Continental), 27 August 2010, e-Competitions August 2010, Art. N° 53071

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