A federal judge in Washington said Friday the Justice Department lawsuit seeking to block the merger of US Airways Group and American Airlines would go to trial Nov. 25, a date the airlines wanted.
The government had pushed for the trial to start March 1, saying more time was needed to prepare its case. The airlines said a lengthy delay could kill their merger.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly listened to both sides in court Friday and agreed that March was too far off.
The airlines were poised to complete a merger, creating the world's largest airline, when the Justice Department Antitrust Division and six states, including Pennsylvania, sued Aug. 13 to block it. The regulators said that it would stifle competition and lead to higher fares and that the combination would dominate more than 1,000 routes nationwide.