The fact remains that the Justice Department’s attempted block is inconsistent with previous rulings. In recent years, the department approved mergers of Southwest and AirTran, United and Continental, and Delta and Northwest.
Isn’t there a middle ground that would serve the interest of consumers and allow US Airways and American to merge? And isn’t the place to find that solution at the negotiating table? Creative options are available – for instance, the airlines giving up some landing slots at Reagan National Airport in Washington or making legally binding agreements to maintain certain service levels.
From the day it filed the lawsuit, the Justice Department has maintained that the market leverage of a combined US Airways and American can only be resolved by keeping the airlines apart. It is better for all that this impasse is talked out, not fought out.
— The Dallas Morning News