Today the Department of Justice and several Attorneys General filed an anti-trust lawsuit challenging the merger between American Airlines and U.S. Air. The DOJ says the merger would decrease competition, which would crate higher airfares and baggage fees while leaving less service for customers.
Sherry Wallace, the manager for marketing and air service development at the Roanoke Regional Airport talked to WSLS about what a possible merger might mean for people flying in and out of our area. She says if the airlines are allowed to go through with the merger, Roanoke could possibly have access to several additional markets. However, if the lawsuit is successful at blocking the merger, there wouldn't be a big change since Roanoke doesn't currently have service from American Airlines.
"Everyone assumed it was a done deal," says Wallace. "During a quarterly call, U.S. Airways allegedly said this is the last time we will talk to you as "U.S. Air." We expect this to go through in the 3rd quarter. And apparently it is not, so the industry is surprised with the lawsuit today."
It's a lawsuit that both airlines have announced they will fight.