American Airlines' unions have stepped up their efforts to pressure state attorney generals to drop out of the government's antitrust lawsuit to block the merger between American and US Airways after Texas attorney general Greg Abbott dropped out of the suit last week.
On Monday, the Allied Pilots Association placed an ad in the Tallahassee Democrat to urge Florida attorney general Pam Bondi to withdraw from the suit.
"The merger with US Airways would enable American Airlines to exit Chapter 11 restructuring on a level playing field with United and Delta. A reinvigorated American Airlines would then offer business and international travelers a viable alternative to those carriers, providing an important competitive counterbalance," the APA ad says.
Last week, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants also sent a letter to Bondi, asking the attorney general to reconsider.
"Florida, particularly South Florida, is home to about 2,500 American flight attendants that are in need of good wages and long term job security, but General Bondi is standing in the way of that," said APFA President Laura Glading in a statement.