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American and JetBlue will cease promoting seats on one another’s flights subsequent Friday, two months after a federal decide dominated that the airways’ partnership within the Northeast violated antitrust laws.

The decide ordered the airways to finish their greater than two-year partnership, which allowed them to share passengers and income, and to coordinate schedules within the northeastern U.S. The airways argued they wanted to crew as much as higher compete with rivals Delta and United at congested airports serving New York Metropolis and Boston.

The Justice Division, six states and the District of Columbia sued to dam that partnership, successful their case on Could 20.

A JetBlue Airways airplane passes behind an American Airways jet ready to taxi at Ronald Reagan Nationwide Airport in Washington, D.C.

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We are disappointed to be ending popular benefits like codesharing and reciprocal loyalty benefits,” Dave Fintzen, vice chairman of the Northeast Alliance at JetBlue, stated in a press release. “With the court’s recent ruling and the termination of the NEA, we have to sunset them in short order.”

JetBlue final week stated it would not attraction the ruling so it will probably focus as an alternative on its $3.8 billion acquisition of Spirit Airlines, a deal which the Justice Division has also challenged, although JetBlue stated it did not agree with the decide’s ruling on the Northeast Alliance. American, nevertheless, stated it nonetheless plans to attraction the ruling on the Northeast Alliance.

Earlier this week, the carriers’ web sites nonetheless confirmed flight choices on one another’s airline by the year-end holidays however such gross sales will solely proceed by July 20.

Each airways stated they’d work with clients with current bookings so their plans aren’t disrupted.

“This is just the first step in the wind-down process that will take place over the coming months,” American stated in a launch. “We will continue to work with the JetBlue team to ensure customers who have existing codeshare bookings can travel seamlessly without disruption to their travel plans.”

Thursday can be the final day that clients can use American AAdvantage frequent flyer miles to guide flights on JetBlue.

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