U.S., Italy forge open skies pact

CHICAGO -- The U.S. and Italy signed an open skies accord that will permit unrestricted airline access between the two countries. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater and Tiziano Treu, minister of transport and navigation for Italy, signed the agreement here during the Aviation in the 21st Century -- Beyond Open Skies conference.

In addition, the DOT on Dec. 3 granted antitrust immunity to an alliance between Northwest Airlines, Alitalia and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

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