US Airways, American Airlines merger discussed

WASHINGTON, DC (WMBF) – A hearing in Washington Tuesday discussed the proposed US Airways – American Airlines merger, which would form the world's largest airline.

The hearing was a time for the consumer-rights subcommittee to ask questions, and hear testimony from the chairmen of both airlines as well as the concerns from two experts in the Antitrust and Consumer Rights field.

"This merger will benefit our customers, our employees, our share holders, and the communities we serve by integrating the complimentary networks of American Airlines and US Airways into something better than either our airlines can offer on its own," US Airways CEO Douglas Parker said.

The deal is expected to close between July and September of 2013..

"We're concerned that there could be reduced service with fewer flights on some routes, elimination of non-stop service, and replacement of main-line jets with outsourced regional carriers, as this happened with past airline mergers," commented Consumers Union Consultant William McGee.

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