The pending union between US Airways and America West passed
another hurdle Thursday as the Justice Department ruled that merger
won't hurt competing airlines.
The news wasn't unexpected, given that the two airlines are
rather complimentary in their routing -- they generally don't
duplicate services at the same airport. US Air flies mostly East
Coast routes, while America West is generally prevalent on the West
That key step is probably the last major obstacle in the way of
the marriage, clearing the way for creation of the nation's biggest
US Airways, of course, is still in bankruptcy court -- its
second in as many years -- and all this must be approved by the
federal judge in Northern Virginia. A competing bid for US Airways
could also come in the mail and besides the bankruptcy court, the
Air Transportation Stabilization Board, and US Air creditors must
still sign off on the deal.