Utterly Terrified Passengers Sue Over US Airways-American Merger

Nervous travel agents and passengers–joining forces at last!–have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the proposed U.S. Airways-American Airlines Merger on antitrust grounds. The plaintiff’s attorney called it “skyway robbery.” Heyo! Seriously though: The monopolistic behemoth that would emerge from the deal, a government report found in late June, could end up reducing overal competition on 11.9%, of all routes. Put another way: The merger would “reduce competition on 1,665 routes affecting 53 million passengers.” Meaning: A. Increased fares, and B. PHL could very well cease to be the U.S. Airways hub. [Courthouse News]