Officials in 3 states fight suit against American-US Air merger

August 22, 2013 02:35

MIAMI/ATLANTA - Officials in three states are pushing back against the US government's attempt to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways to create the world's biggest airline, saying the combined company would benefit their local economies.

Last week, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit challenging the merger, saying it would reduce competition among air carriers and ultimately lead to higher fares for passengers.

But some local political and business officials in Florida, Texas and North Carolina, which are home to large hubs for American and US Airways, are asking the federal government and supporting states to reconsider the lawsuit.

Carlos Gimenez, the mayor of Miami-Dade County, which includes the city of Miami, on Wednesday called on US Attorney General Eric Holder to withdraw the lawsuit.

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