DOJ wants broad concessions package from AMR and US Airways

The Department of Justice reportedly wants US Airways (LCC) and AMR (AAMRQ) to sell assets at key airports across the U.S. in order for it to approve the carriers' merger.

In a complaint in August, the DOJ listed over 1,000 city pairings where the airlines dominate and where their tie-up could hurt competition.

Reports last week had focused on an offer from the airlines to divest rights at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport, where they hold a combined 69% of takeoff and landing slots. However, the companies have also offered to sell rights at airports other than Reagan.

If the sides can't agree to a deal, they are due to go trial on November 25.

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  • joeg1969
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    Sell a few slots, lift the lawsuit, save tax payers money going to trial. Everybody is happy!
    4 Nov 2013, 05:14 AM Reply Like
  • airbus86
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    Save money for the taxpayer, this administration couldn't save a penny for anything even if you super glued it to Obama's forehead. This is ALL about corrupt government politics. The fly on the wall must have heard " I want some too, and what are you going to give me for the good people of my state" a hundred times. This what happens when you mix marxist idiots with people trying to grow a business.
    4 Nov 2013, 12:21 PM Reply Like
  • aaway
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    Mr. Parker should've taken this path to begin with.
    4 Nov 2013, 02:08 PM Reply Like
  • RobRoyC
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    Except the shareholders at AAG. Besides, doesn't the DOJ want them to surrender the slots so the Fed Gov can auction thhem off?
    4 Nov 2013, 06:46 AM Reply Like
  • Day Trader001
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    Normal reaction, nothing out of the ordinary here, just basic bartering.
    4 Nov 2013, 06:55 AM Reply Like
  • mrbill757
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    1000 city pairs??? Didn't know the government is now the experts on running the airline business. Can't get a simple healthcare website going but yet completely up to speed on every city pairing in the country. Gee, how many city pairs did the government analyze for the UAL and CO merger? To make life "fair", why doesn't the government analyze every business from cereal makers, to auto makers, to clock makers, to pharmaceutical makers and see if they can't find someone who has perhaps a bit of an advantage!!! Our government is out of control!!!
    4 Nov 2013, 09:10 AM Reply Like
  • Mongoose7916
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    The DOJ continues to overplay its hand. Looks increasingly likely that this thing is headed to trial.
    4 Nov 2013, 11:30 AM Reply Like
  • Mongoose7916
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    Well the government makes no sense but you knew that already
    4 Nov 2013, 02:41 PM Reply Like
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