DALLAS — The U.S. government wants to wait until March for a trial on its lawsuit aimed at blocking the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, a deal that would create the world's biggest airline.
The airlines want to start the trial in November. They had hoped to close the merger next month, but that was before the U.S. Justice Department and six states filed the antitrust case two weeks ago.
The Justice Department said in a court filing Tuesday that it needs until March 3 to prepare for trial.
The lawsuit is the last obstacle preventing American Airlines parent AMR Corp. from closing the merger and emerging from nearly two years of bankruptcy protection.
AMR and US Airways Group Inc. said that the government's request was unreasonable after a Justice Department investigation that they say lasted 16 months.