The antitrust division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday approved Alaska Air Group’s approximately $4 billion acquisition of Virgin America. However, in an effort to protect competition within the increasingly consolidated U.S. airline industry, the DOJ made the approval contingent upon Alaska reducing the number of flights that it codeshares with American Airlines. The DOJ said that the provision would reduce by approximately 50% the number of Alaska passengers flying on American. The DOJ said that the Alaska-American codeshare arrangement discourages Alaska from competing aggressively with American on routes both carriers serve and encourages it to forego launching new service in competition with American. To read more at Travel Weekly, click here.