WASHINGTON (AP) _ Delta Air Lines' CEO says he has not talked to
officials with United Airlines in at least four years.
Anderson testified before a congressional committee in Washington yesterday.
Representative Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia asked him to comment
on reports of possible merger talks between the two airlines. He said he hadn't talked to officials with United Airlines in at least four years.
Anderson was testifying yesterday before the House subcommittee
on aviation about a government proposal to reduce the flight limit at JFK airport in New York.
Westmoreland said he felt ``blindsided'' by reports Wednesday of a possible combination of Delta and United. Noting that he represents more Delta employees than any other member of Congress, Westmoreland asked Anderson to explain.
Anderson said there are NO merger discussions ongoing or planned. He said he has not talked to United chairman and CEO Glenn Tilton or any other executive at United Airlines since the last time he was in the industry four years ago.
The government proposes reducing the flight limit at JFK by 20 percent. Anderson said those restrictions would threaten Delta's continuing recovery from bankruptcy. International flights using the New York airport are a crucial portion of Delta's business plans.