California Joins Lawsuit Against Airline Alliance, Calling American, JetBlue Link Harmful to Consumers 💥👩👩💥

An American Airlines passenger jet. Courtesy American Airlines

The state’s Attorney General Rob Bonta this week joined the Department of Justice and seven other attorneys general in filing a lawsuit involving California airports against American Airlines and JetBlue.

The suit challenges what they call an anticompetitive joint venture known as the Northeast Alliance, that will affect high-traffic air markets such as San Diego.

As part of the code- and profit-sharing venture, the airlines coordinate which routes to fly, when to fly them and how many seats to offer – effectively merging their operations in certain markets, according to the suit.

In California alone, this “anticompetitive” venture is expected to impact at least nine airports with flights to and from the East Coast, costing California consumers hundreds of millions of dollars, Bonta said.

In the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Massachusetts, the DOJ and the attorneys general argue that the Northeast Alliance is an unlawful agreement that violates the Sherman Act.

California Joins Lawsuit Against Airline Alliance, Calling American, JetBlue Link Harmful to Consumers

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