A fight is brewing this morning over a deal to create the world's largest airline.
The Justice Department is suing to stop American Airlines and U.S. Airways from merging.
The lawsuit came just two days before a bankruptcy judge was expected to approve the merger as part of American's turnaround plan.
The concerns are about a lack of competition and prices...
Plans for U.S. Airways and American Airlines to fly under a new American logo could be permanently grounded.
The Justice Department, along with six states and Washington D.C. are suing to stop the merger. "They tend to contract the market so you have less roots, less choices, higher prices," says Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.
In a joint statement, the airlines are vowing to fight back saying "Blocking this pro-competitive merger will deny customers access to a broader airline network that gives them more choices."
For months, they've been advertising this deal as a big win for consumers. "We will not only have become a bigger airline, but also something so much greater."
The deal would have been the latest airline mega merger that industry analysts say will help keep the airline industry afloat. "This industry has a track record of too many planes and too many players and unless they can tighten up profitability by tightening up capacity, it's going to be a badly-damaged industry," said Airline Industry Analyst, Richard Aboulafia.
But at airports- around the country, passengers have been worried. "When Northwest and Delta merged it cut down on the availability of flights," said airline passenger, Andrew Walter.
"We want airfare to be affordable," said airline passenger Ashley Wilson
Already travelers have been stuck with higher fees for luggage, even legroom.
While the company could be stuck in bankruptcy for at least a few more months.
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