US Airways, AA CEOs say merger will benefit customers

US Airways CEO Doug Parker and American Airlines CEO Tom Horton said the Justice Department is mistaken about the effects on consumers from the proposed merger of the two carriers. "Integrating the complementary networks of American and US Airways to benefit passengers is the motivation for bringing these airlines together. Blocking this procompetitive merger will deny customers access to a broader airline network that gives them more choices,” Parker said. In a message to American employees, CEO Tom Horton added, "We have maintained that the merger is complementary (only 12 overlapping routes), that it provides significant customer benefits and that it enhances competition in the airline industry."

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