LUXEMBOURG : American Airlines (AAL.O), which gave up rights to two airport slots to Delta Air Lines’ (DAL.N) in 2013, on Thursday lost a court appeal to have the European Union cancel them for lack of use.
American gave up the takeoff and landing rights at Heathrow and Philadelphia airports to get antitrust approval for its merger with US Airway. Airlines may keep a slot in perpetuity provided they use it regularly. The European Commission picked Delta to take up the slots.
he text of the final commitments does not establish a specific number of frequencies that should be operated by the prospective entrant to ensure effective competition,” the judges ruled.
American complained that Delta had not made appropriate use of the slots as required under grandfather rights, prompting the EU competition watchdog to issue a decision in 2018 backing its rival.