01 January 2007

Israeli Parliament considering removing Airline Antitrust Exemption

On 24 December 2006 Haaretz reported that a committee of the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, was considering removing a blanket exemption that airlines enjoy from antitrust scrutiny.

In the United States international airlines seek approval from the Department of Transportation for such practices as code sharing and schedule coordination. New Zealand has similar legislation (Part 9 of the Civil Aviation Act 1990 - available www.legislation.govt.nz - gives the decision making power to the Minister of Transport, and this power can be delegated to Ministry of Transport officials) to the United States with respect to international air services, while in Australia the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has jurisdiction over such matters.

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