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August 13, 2013 4:53 PM

Government’s suit against airline merger unlikely to change industry

In suing to block the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines, the Justice Department and six state attorneys general said they were acting to protect consumers from higher prices and fewer choices. But antitrust regulators voiced few objections to a series of mergers during the past decade that helped create the conditions they now find problematic. And industry observers say stopping the deal won’t lower fares, eliminate bag fees or restore service to smaller and medium-size airports where major carriers have cut back.

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