US rejects Etihad-Air Serbia codeshare request

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By TESTCustomwebLP TESTCustomwebLP January 27, 2014 20:28

US rejects Etihad-Air Serbia codeshare request

The US Department of Transportation has rejected a request by Etihad Airways and equity partner Air Serbia to codeshare on services to JFK, Chicago and Washington Dulles via Belgrade.

The application was denied following intense lobbying from Airlines For America (A4A) that claimed the routings were not viable for consumers and highlighted the absence of a bilateral deal with Serbia. The move would also enable Etihad and Air Serbia to undercut US competitors on ticket prices.

The US Department of Transportation has expressed concerns over the ownership of Air Serbia and, in the absence of a formal bilateral agreement between the US and Serbia, has stated that it must use its own discretion to decide whether Air Serbia’s request was in the public interest. Air Serbia is considering a response to the Department of Transportation ruling, the airline stated.

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