Amid the merger fever which has gripped the US airline industry over recent years, few people saw coming yesterday’s move by the US Department of Justice to challenge American Airlines’ planned merger with US Airways on competition grounds. The carriers had originally been hoping to complete the deal, which follows earlier mergers of Delta-Northwest and United-Continental, by the end of this quarter.
There was full coverage and insight from the Flightglobal Pro team in our Washington office on the news. Subscribers can read this analysis on some of the issues behind the DOJ move and reaction from airline analysts.
There is also analysis of how this ruling could affect the low-cost carriers, as stated by the DOJ, and the industry’s reaction to the agency’s rationale.
And Pro subscribers can also read our earlier analysis of what the recent European Commission decision to clear the merger at the first stage tells us about the flexible approach European regulators are taking on industry merger.