Florida has joined an antitrust lawsuit seeking to prevent a partnership between two US airlines from taking flight.
Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Wednesday, September 22, that Florida has joined the complaint to block American Airlines and JetBlue from forming its “Northeast Alliance.”
The lawsuit asked a federal court in Boston to stop the partnership, claiming it could result in higher fares for passengers.
It was initially filed by the US Department of Justice and attorneys general from Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
“The airline industry is a highly-concentrated industry,” Moody said in a statement. “The challenged alliance between American and JetBlue will only increase that concentration and hurt Floridians and Florida’s interests. I am especially concerned with this alliance’s likely effect on smaller, more regional airports in Florida where these two airlines are, at least in one instance, the only two airlines flying routes. Because of these concerns, Florida has joined this bipartisan effort to ensure competition and lower prices for Floridians and those traveling to Florida to enjoy our great state.”
The alliance seeks to combine operations in the northeast between four major airports: Boston Logan International Airport, New York’s John F. Kennedy International, and LaGuardia airports and New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport.
According to the complaint, the alliance would result in higher fares and reduced choice, causing millions of dollars in harm to passengers traveling to and from Florida.
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