American Airlines launched a website, www.newamericanarriving.com, to give employees a vehicle to contact elected officials and voice their support for the carrier's proposed merger with US Airways. "If every one of our more than 100,000 employees of American and US Airways participates, over half a million letters will be sent to various government and elected officials across the country," the carriers said in an employee newsletter.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel canceled plans to lease Midway International Airport after one of two final bidders withdrew. The lease had initially attracted six bidders for Chicago's second-largest airport.
Airlines for America President and CEO Nick Calio said that the Department of Homeland Security's decision to open a Customs and Border Protection preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is a bad deal for U.S. taxpayers and travelers. "What we have here is the US government picking winners and losers in the international aviation business," he said. "Unfortunately the winners are the international competitors of our US airlines."
Delta Air Lines President Ed Bastian said he is optimistic the carrier will be included in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Delta was removed from the S&P 500 in 2005, about a month before the carrier filed for bankruptcy.