Air- Oklahoma Attorney General pushing DOJ to drop airline antitrust suit – Tulsa World: Aerospace

Posted: October 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

Oct. 3, 2013

The American Airlines and US Airways merger is getting the backing of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to drop the antitrust lawsuit against the airlines.

Oklahoma is not one of the six states, plus Washington, D.C., that have joined the lawsuit to block the merger.

The Justice Department wants to block the lawsuit, which would create the world’s largest airline, because combining the companies could limit competition on hundreds of domestic routes and potentially increase prices.

Oklahoma is one of the states that would benefit from the merger more than many other states, since US Airways doesn’t fly here and the merger would expand access to new cities through the combined carrier.

But Pruitt’s letter to Attorney General Eric Holder speaks mostly to the impact on American Airlines workers in Tulsa.

“Not allowing the merger to proceed creates continuing uncertainty for the thousands of employees for American Airlines, one of the largest private-sector employers in the states,” Pruitt says in the letter.

via Oklahoma Attorney General pushing DOJ to drop airline antitrust suit – Tulsa World: Aerospace.

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