Schuette Successfully Negotiates Settlement with American Airlines and U.S. Airways, Protects Michigan Service and JobsContact:
Joy Yearout 517-373-8060
Bill Schuette today announced a settlement has been successfully negotiated with
American Airlines and U.S. Airways regarding their proposed merger. As a result
of the settlement, the 'New American Airlines' will maintain daily scheduled
service at several airports across Michigan for at least the next five years,
protecting widespread access to air transportation and the jobs that go along
with that service.
the start, protecting Michigan residents' access to reliable, competitive air
transportation has been my priority, and this agreement with American Airlines
and U.S. Airways accomplishes that goal. This settlement preserves free-market
competition, protects the jobs associated with that service, and retains key
airline routes in Michigan," said Schuette. "I am pleased our negotiations
resulted in a commitment to maintain daily flight service for Michigan families
flying in-and-out of Michigan airports, a service especially important to our
members of the military who depend upon reliable flights."
September 2013, Schuette took legal action against American Airlines and U.S.
Airways to address concerns that decreased competition would adversely impact
Michigan markets, including the potential for reduced airline service to several
of Michigan's smaller airports.
announced today requires that the merged airline maintain daily scheduled
service in Michigan communities that currently have that service. Affected
airports include: Detroit, Flint, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and
The settlement also
includes several other components, including divestiture of slots at Reagan
National Airport and New York LaGuardia, as well as divestiture of gates at
various large hub airports around the country, including Boston Logan
International, Chicago O'Hare, Dallas Love Field, Los Angeles International and
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