The planned merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines has led to a rare alliance between Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Abbott is one of six Attorneys General around the country lining up with the Justice Department's effort to stop the merger from taking place--a move critics said would put a demper on competition--while creating the world's largest airline.
"The they don't compete for prices--and that hurts consumers" said Abbot's counterpart in Arizona, Attorney General Tom Horne. Consumer Travel Alliance Director Charlie Leochia said you the consumer get nothing out of this arranged marriage.
"Past mergers were always taking place in situations where airlines were losing hundreds of millions dollars. Now, they're trying to do the same thing--bu the airlines are mkaing plenty of money Leochia said.
Here in Texas, a statement from Abbott's office cited fear over the impact the planned merger might have on rural travlers in the state. The statement goes on to cite the nearly two-hundred routes the two airlines now compete on in Texas--and fears the end of that competition might lead to increased costs for flyers.