Continental Airlines continues to express optimism regarding its antitrust immunity request with the Star Alliance, despite opposition by the Justice Department. "We appreciate that DOJ has submitted its comments, which will allow [the Transportation Department] to close the docket and move forward with the application," a Continental spokesperson told Air Transport World. "We remain confident that DOT will approve our application." Continental argues that its immunity request will level the playing field among airline alliances, ultimately benefiting consumers. "Domestically and globally, the airline industry is highly fragmented, and antitrust immunity can help airlines serve broad consumer needs in the context of alliances."