U.S. district judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has scheduled an August 30 conference with attorneys from American Airlines, US Airways and the Justice Department to discuss the anti-trust suit filed by the government to stop the merger between the two carriers.
In her order, filed on Friday, Kollar-Kotelly tells the attorneys that she has a criminal trial set to start on January 14 that is expected to last six to eight weeks.
American and US Airways asked the court on Thursday to schedule the anti-trust trial for November 12. In its motion, the carriers say the Justice Department wants to delay the trial to February.
The judge also ordered the government to file its response to the carriers' trial date request by 5 p.m. August 27. The airlines' attorneys then have one day to file a reply.