Florida Attorney General Says Airline Merger Harmful

By: James Buechele; Associated Press Email
By: James Buechele; Associated Press Email

By James Buechele
August 14, 2013

UPDATE 6:01 p.m.

Several consumer advocacy groups say a merger like this would hurt people who fly because the number of flights would be smaller, people would occur more baggage fees and less competition.

Tallahassee Regional Airport officials say merger or no merger, they want to help travelers have options in flying.

"We're also listening to the public and wanting to align our routes and structure in a way that meets their needs," said acting deputy director of aviation David Pollard.

If the merger does happen, 86% of flights will be controlled by just four airlines in the country.

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says the state joined a lawsuit to block a proposed airline merger because it would harm consumers.

Florida is one of six states that joined with the U.S. Department of Justice to stop the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways.

Bondi in a statement called the merger "anti-competitive." She said 20 percent of the "problematic" flight routes associated with the merger would affect Florida.

She said the lawsuit could save consumers from potential multi-million dollar increases in prices and fees.

The decision of Florida to join the federal government is noteworthy since the state has battled the U.S. Department of Justice on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and voting rights.

Executives of the two companies have vowed to challenge the lawsuit.

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