Judge Extends AStar Deadline

Judge Extends AStar Deadline

Copyright 2003, Traffic World, Inc.

FedEx and UPS will have another month to go over thousands of pages of documents related to DHL''s control of airline operations in the United States now that a regulatory judge extended his deadline for a finding in the case to Jan. 2, 2004.

Administrative Law Judge Burton S. Kolko rejected a request by FedEx and UPS attorneys for an open-ended schedule for his recommendation. AStar Air Cargo, the former DHL Airways business that the larger express competitors claim is an illegal front for the German post office, called that a victory, although a true resolution of the case probably remains far off.

Kolko concluded seven weeks of public hearings in the case Oct. 15, closing down a forum that included sometimes-heated exchanges between the attorneys for some of the world''s largest cargo companies as well as detailed testimony on the complicated web of airline ownership. FedEx and UPS claim DHL owner Deutsche Post World Net is abusing international aviation conventions and American law to fund an expansion in the United States with profits from its postal monopoly business.