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October 24, 2013

Chambers of Commerce urge DOJ to settle antitrust suit against American-US Airways merger

Attorney General Eric Holder's mailbox is growing every day with letters in support of the American Airlines and US Airways merger.

On Thursday, over two dozen chamber of commerces sent a letter to Holder, asking the U.S. Department of Justice to settle its antitrust suit against the merger. The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce and the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce signed the letter.

"We support this combination because the new American will be a better airline with a solid financial foundation. As a result, the new American will be able to compete effectively with Delta, United, Southwest, and the ever-increasing number of smaller carriers, and the business community will have a more efficient and dependable partner for air transportation needs," the chamber leaders said in the note.

The letter comes one day after several local mayors asked the DOJ to drop its suit. Several Democrat congressmen also sent a letter to Holder last week to urge a settlement.

The antitrust trial between the carriers and the DOJ is scheduled to begin on November 25.

Click here to download the joint chambers letter.

-Andrea Ahles



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