United, Continental issue muted response to DOJ antitrust report

06/30/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

United Airlines and Continental Airlines reacted cautiously on Monday following a Justice Department report critical of the carriers' request for antitrust immunity on international routes flown by the Star Alliance. "In this economic crisis, it is more important than ever for the U.S. government not to hamper our industry's and company's efforts to remain competitive," Continental said in a statement, while United said it was confident the plan would still be approved. The DOJ has no legal authority over international transportation agreements, but its report was viewed as a sign of the Obama administration's tough new stance on antitrust issues.

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