Local Officials Ask U.S. to Drop Objection to American-US Airways Merger

By Paul Riegler on 21 August 2013
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An American Airlines 777-300ER in Dallas

An American Airlines 777-300ER in Dallas

Business leaders and elected officials in states where American Airlines and US Airways have a significant presence are asking the Department of Justice to reconsider its opposition to the merger of the two airlines.

The mayor of Miami-Dade County, which includes the city of Miami, publicly asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to drop the suit.

“American Airlines is a vitally important part of our work force,” said Carlos Gimenez, the mayor said at a press conference. “It’s vitally important that American be allowed to come out of bankruptcy and expand their footprint.”

Last week, the Department of Justice  filed a civil antitrust lawsuit Tuesday, seeking to block the proposed $11 billion merger between US Airways and American Airlines’ parent AMR Corp. on Tuesday.  Six state attorneys general and the District of Columbia joined the DOJ.

Florida is one of six states that joined the Department of Justice lawsuit.

The chambers of commerce of Dallas and Forth Worth, American’s current headquarters location as well as its future one, sent a joint letter to that state’s attorney general asking him to withdraw from the suit.

“By any stretch of the imagination, having what the press refers to as the ‘World’s Largest Airline’ based in Texas, makes our state more competitive,” the letter stated.

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