Court OKs American-US Air Merger

    FILE-  In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, file photo, an American Airlines plane and a US Airways plane are  parked at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington. While American Airlines and US Airways have cleared the last major hurdle to merging, but it will be several months , if not years, before passengers see any significant impact.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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    In non-storm-related airline news, two of the largest airlines are about to become one. A judge approved a settlement on Wednesday between the Justice Department and the proposed merger between AMR Corp (American Airlines) and US Airways Group Inc. The approval will allow American to exit bankruptcy proceedings and merge to create the largest airline in the world. The DOJ had been opposed to the merger on the grounds that it would be anti-competitive and hurt consumers, but negotiations led to the airlines giving up spots at prominent airports around the country.
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