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Attorneys for US Airways and American Airlines say they won't make the first move to settle a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice attempting to block the airlines from merging.

The Justice Department contends the merger will make it easier for the remaining mega-airlines – Delta, United and American – to cooperate on prices, rather than compete.  That means airfares will go up and service will decline, warns the lawsuit.  But an attorney for US Airways and American, Rich Parker, says the DOJ is "very wrong."

USAirways.com

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the Justice Department is suing to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, because of antitrust concerns. That merger would create the nation’s largest airline, and has been in the works since February. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey for an overview of what it means

Charlotte Rejects Airport Compromise

Jul 9, 2013
Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer aboard NBC Charlotte's AirStar

RALEIGH A leading House Republican said Monday night that lawmakers will introduce a new proposal for the Charlotte airport this week after city leaders essentially rejected their proposal for a joint study commission.

The new proposal could make creation of a new airport authority more likely.

“I’m astounded,” Rep. Ruth Samuelson said of the city’s reaction. “I’m deeply, deeply disappointed. We made a good faith, unprecedented (offer). We’re done offering a study.”

USAirways.com

The merger of US Airways and American Airlines could have a greater impact than those airlines have previously stated, both on airline prices and on Charlotte’s status as a hub for US Airways traffic, according to a new government analysis of the merger.


Joel Coffidis

US Airways mechanics and technicians now have enough signatures to call for a union vote. At a news conference in south Charlotte, they announced that nearly 3,000 mechanics and technicians signed a petition to hold an election to be represented by another union, the Teamsters. Mechanics complained about low wages, high insurance premiums and poor representation by their current union, The International Association of Machinists. Luis Martinez is a lead mechanic for US Airways in Charlotte.

Celebrating 45 Years With US Airways (Well, Sort Of)

Mar 22, 2013
Tasnim Shamma

These days, it's not that often that employees work for the same company for most if not all of their careers. Thursday night, US Airways celebrated employees who have done just that.


Julie Rose

"Agnostic" is how one US Airways executive described the company's stance on whether the Charlotte airport should be overseen by the city or placed in the hands of a regional authority.  US Airways CEO Doug Parker carried that same tune while in town Thursday, but also made it clear the airline doesn't want a backseat entirely. 


Julie Rose

On Thursday, US Airways CEO Doug Parker paid his first visit to Charlotte since the company announced plans to merge with American Airlines. 


US Airways, American Merger: A Monopoly Or Not?

Mar 19, 2013

The CEOs of American Airlines and US Airways defended their proposed merger Tuesday before a congressional anti-trust panel. Framing the creation of the world's largest airline as anything other than a monopolistic move requires careful wordsmithing.

To follow the argument from American Airlines CEO Tom Horton, you need to put aside conventional wisdom that having fewer companies in a marketplace leads to anti-competitive behavior.   

Julie Rose

One claim keeps coming up in the debate over transferring control of the Charlotte airport to a regional authority and the speculation over what a merger between American and US Airways will mean for Charlotte.  That claim is that Charlotte is the cheapest place for airlines to do business. WFAE wondered whether that's true and why it matters.

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