The American pilots union took out a newspaper ad in the Dallas Morning News on Monday, criticizing Texas state attorney general Greg Abbott’s decision to join the federal anti-trust lawsuit opposing the merger between American and US Airways.
"Are you opposed to having a leading global carrier headquartered in Fort Worth?" the Allied Pilots Association ad asks. "Considering everything at stake — including the large number of jobs and the tax revenues they generate — that doesn’t make any sense."
Abbott, who is running for governor, said the merger would harm competition on about 200 Texas routes and hurt consumers as the airlines could increase bag fees, fares and ticket change fees.
The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and Dallas Chamber of Commerce sent a joint letter to Abbott’s office on Monday, asking the attorney general to reconsider his decision to try to stop the merger.
"If this merger is not finalized, there is no plan B for American Airlines," the letter said. "Failing to allow American Airlines to merge with US Airways will result in further bankruptcy proceedings that will stretch for an extended period of time."