(Reuters) – The judge who heard the US Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit against American Airlines Group Inc. and JetBlue Airways Corp. said on Monday that the trial in the case would begin on September 26, 2022.
lawsuit asked government judge Leo Sorokin to order the airlines to end their "Northeast Alliance" partnership, and said it would lead to higher prices at busy Northeast airports.
The agreement allows American and JetBlue to sell each other flights in their New York area and Boston network and links to frequent flight programs, giving them more muscle to compete with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines in the Northeast.
American and JetBlue has denied wrongdoing and asked Sorokin to dismiss the lawsuit.
The Justice Department's lawsuit signaled the Biden administration's interest in trying to push more competition into the airline industry, where US and three other airlines control 80% of the domestic market. [1