GRAPEVINE (October 1, 2013)--The state has reached a settlement in its challenge to the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways that protects service to Waco Regional and Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airports, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Tuesday.
Abbott had led Texas into the lawsuit with the U.S. Justice Department and five other states in August, citing concerns that consolidation would lead to higher fares and fees.
At a news conference Tuesday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, however, Abbott says the carriers have agreed to maintain present levels of service in Texas and to keep its North Texas headquarters.
“Today’s agreement ensures that thousands of jobs will remain in Texas and that Texans traveling by air – especially those who fly in and out of rural cities across the state, including members of the military – will continue to benefit from daily flight service,” Abbott said.
Abbott was joined by American Airlines chief executive Tom Horton at a DFW Airport American Airlines Admirals Club for the announcement.
Texas Airports Protected By The Agreement
(Source: Texas Attorney General’s Office)
• Abilene Regional Airport
• Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
• Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport
• Corpus Christi International Airport
• Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport
• East Texas Regional Airport
• Easterwood Airport
• El Paso International Airport
• Houston William P. Hobby Airport
• Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport
• Jack Brooks Regional Airport
• Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport
• Laredo International Airport
• Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport
• McAllen-Miller International Airport
• Midland International Airport
• Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport
• San Angelo Regional Airport
• San Antonio International Airport
• Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
• Waco Regional Airport
• Wichita Falls Regional Airport