You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Airlines say US case against big merger is flawed

American and US Airways dispute the government’s assertion that the merger will reduce competition.

Susan Walsh/Associated Press/File

American and US Airways dispute the government’s assertion that the merger will reduce competition.

DALLAS — American Airlines and US Airways say that the government’s opposition to their planned merger shows that it doesn’t understand the airline industry.

The Justice Department and several states sued last month to block the merger, on the grounds that it would hurt consumers.

Continue reading below

The airlines said in court filings that the Justice Department’s analysis of the merger ignores competition that exists from low-cost carriers such as Southwest. American says that the government instead relies on ‘‘anecdotes involving small numbers of passengers’’ and an outdated vision of the industry.

Also, the chief executive of each airline promised to ask his board of directors to approve extending the merger agreement beyond its mid-December expiration date, said three people familiar with the situation.

An extension could be significant because a trial on the government’s lawsuit against the merger is scheduled to begin Nov. 25, and there might not be a decision until after the December deadline.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan to extend the merger agreement came up during private discussions. The extension was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.