OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt notified the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia his intent to support the merger between American Airlines and US Airways.
The U.S. Department of Justice is challenging the merger with concerns over antitrust laws. American Airlines employs 6,000 workers at its maintenance facility in Tulsa. That airline is seeking an exit from bankruptcy protection through the merger with US Airways.
“The Department of Justice should drop its lawsuit and allow the merger of American Airlines and US Airways to continue,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “This merger will benefit consumers by providing more choices and options, and our amicus filing will make the case that the merger does not violate either state or federal antitrust laws and should move forward.”
The attorney general said the filing in support of the merger would be made in November.
Earlier this month, General Pruitt wrote to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder supporting the merger. In the letter, General Pruitt wrote that the merger didn’t violate Oklahoma antitrust laws and “offers the most viable path forward to secure the maintenance jobs in Tulsa and ensure the continued economic prosperity of Oklahoma.”