Airports want chance to support airline merger

  • Associated Press
  • October 28, 2013 - 4:55 PM

DALLAS — Four airports dominated by American Airlines and US Airways say they'll be hurt if the carriers can't merge, and now they'll get a chance to make their case to a federal judge.

The judge hearing the government's antitrust lawsuit against the merger granted the airports' request to file a friend-of-the-court statement in the case. A trial is scheduled to start Nov. 25 in U.S. district court in Washington.

The request was filed Monday by Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International and Philadelphia, which operates Philadelphia International Airport.

The U.S. Justice Department sued in August to block the merger, saying that the deal would limit competition and drive up consumer prices.

The airports said they can show that blocking the merger would hurt domestic and international competition "to the detriment of the traveling public and labor, as well as to airports and their local communities."

Also on Monday, unsecured creditors of American's parent, AMR Corp., asked to weigh in on the lawsuit. The creditors, including American's three labor unions, said blocking the merger would complicate AMR's recovery from bankruptcy protection.

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