GAO Says American-US Air Tie-Up Would Restrain Competition

Law360, New York (June 20, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT) -- The proposed merger of American Airlines Inc. and US Airways Group Inc. would reduce competition on a spate of air routes, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday.

If the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division does not challenge the deal, a combined American-US Airways would supplant United Air Lines Inc. as the "largest U.S. passenger airline by several measures," GAO analyst Gerald Dillingham said in a report that served as written testimony for a Senate subcommittee hearing held Wednesday.

"While US Airways and American overlap...
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