Texas Pulls Support of DOJ Suit Seeking to Stop AA-US Airways Merger
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said his state would no longer support the lawsuit, set to go to trial on Nov. 25. Abbott dropped Texas’ support of the DOJ suit after American Airlines and US Airways made two concessions affecting business interests in the state. First, American agreed to continue daily service to rural airports in the state. Second, American said the headquarters of the combined carrier will remain in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Texas is one of seven states and the District of Columbia that joined the DOJ in August in its effort to stop the airline mega merger. The state had been under heavy pressure to pull its support of the lawsuit, especially since Texas has so many American employees. In addition, earlier in the day the DOJ had a requested an extension to the starting court date, citing its issues with the current government shutdown.