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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Virgin to Appeal Antitrust Ruling

LONDON -- Virgin Atlantic Airways said Tuesday it would appeal against a U.S. ruling throwing out its antitrust lawsuit against British Airways, saying it could prove its archrival had acted against consumer interest.

Virgin had alleged in the 1993 lawsuit that BA gave illegal incentives to travel agents and repeat corporate customers.

"This judgment has astounded us ... [but] after six long years this is not the end of the road," Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson said.

U.S. District Judge Miriam Cedarbaum dismissed the suit on the grounds Virgin did not show the rewards have adversely affected competition for passengers traveling between London's Heathrow Airport and New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington or Chicago.

The New York court decision comes soon after the European Commission, acting on a similar complaint by Virgin, fined BA 6.8 million euros ($7.26 million) over rewards to travel agents.