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Office of International Aviation Filings for August 13, 2004
Avianca - Answer of American
Approvals, Dismissals and Suspensions:
August 13, 2004
American Airlines, Inc. will not object to the application submitted by Avianca on August 13, 2004 to operate charter service between Medellin and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
However, we wish to advise the Department that American will object to future applications by Avianca and other Colombian‑flag carriers due to the Government of Colombia's anticompetitive practice of mandating travel agent commission levels within Colombia. Such action by the Government of Colombia is anticompetitive under the International Air Transportation Fair Competitive Practices Act, 49 USC 41310 (C) (1) (A), and denies American and other U.S. ‑flag carriers a fair and equal opportunity to compete under the U.S. ‑Colombia Air Transport Agreement.
Counsel: American, Carl Nelson, 202-496-5647, email@example.com