Sept 23 US Airways Group and American
Airlines on Monday said they had extended their merger agreement
as they fight a U.S. government lawsuit seeking to block the
combination, which would form the world's largest airline.
The companies said they extended the date by which either
airline could terminate the merger pact to either Jan. 18, 2014,
or the 15th day following the entry of a court order approving
the merger should it be entered on or before Jan. 17, whichever
The previous termination date for the deal was Dec. 17.
Should the U.S. district court hearing the government
lawsuit rule against the merger, the carriers said either party
may end the agreement five days after the entry of an order
prohibiting the deal.
The U.S. Justice Department and several states filed a
lawsuit on Aug. 13 to stop the merger of US Air and American
parent AMR Corp, arguing that it would lead to higher
fares and stifle competition. A federal judge will hear the case
without a jury beginning Nov. 25.