Feds to Let American, US Airways Merge
World's biggest airline will give up runway space, flights in key cities
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 12, 2013 2:06 PM CST
This Aug. 13, 2013, file photo shows an American Airlines plane and a US Airways plane at parked at Washington's Reagan National Airport.   (Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – The feds have agreed to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, a move that will create the world's biggest airline. The Justice Department agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at Washington's Reagan National Airport and in other big cities, and to give up some of their runway slots in New York, Boston, Chicago, LA, Dallas, and Miami to low-cost carriers. The settlement requires approval from a federal judge, and it heads off a trial that was set to begin Nov. 25.

The combined airline will operate 44 fewer daily departures at Reagan National and 12 fewer at LaGuardia thanks to the concessions, though it will still be Washington's top airline. American and US Airways currently represent about two-thirds of Reagan's traffic. One S&P analyst says that the airlines gave up more than he expected but that the settlement shouldn't change the financial benefits of the merger to the companies.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 16, 2013 8:20 PM CST
You see, under the New America, we don't have competition. There is no need to excel in business or your personal life because your kindergarten teacher told you that "you are special just being you." Then your "outcome based education" school system put you in a cookie cutter learning environment where everybody learned at the rate of the slowest kid in the class. That's why kids attend seven hours of school when home schooled kids only attend about three equivalent hours. So the company I left a few years ago would do the annual employee reviews and they would give me 3/4 for everything. I would complain because I had fully met and even exceeded all expectations and goals. But the vice president told me that the only way I would be able to get 4/4 on anything was to be a deity him/herself. I told him that I was a deity in my field because my email box is filled everyday with questions like "how do I fix this?" So, I left and the exit interview went like, "Did you try to pursue a solution to what you perceived as a failure in this company?" I said, "Yes, but the VP said I was not GOD, since I don't think that position will have an opening anytime soon, I left." So, I learned that they went in and totally revamped the evaluation program.
Nov 14, 2013 10:59 AM CST
This is going to be like banks, cheaper loans (what loans?), better customer service (I'm sorry I don't understand Hindu). Only "she" is claiming that bigger is better.
Nov 13, 2013 3:02 AM CST
We need more competition not less, this is just big business putting their filthy hands up politicians asses and playing them like a violin.