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EU regulators approve major trans-Atlantic airline alliance

The European Union cleared the way on Wednesday for British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia to share more of their major and lucrative routes. The airlines believe it will help them cut costs.

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AP - British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia have won European Union regulatory approval for plans to share more of their lucrative trans-Atlantic routes.

The companies say that will help them cut costs.

The three airlines made a legally binding promise to the European Commission that will see them give up valuable take-off and landing slots at London Heathrow.

That should allow rivals to start new routes between London and New York, Boston, Dallas and Miami.

European regulators says this offer eliminates antitrust worries that the new deal would allow the three companies control lucrative trans-Atlantic routes and hike prices.
 

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