American Airlines and US Airways jets prepare for flight at gate at the Philadelphia International Airport, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Philadelphia. The merger of US Airways and American Airlines has given birth to a mega airline with more passengers than any other in the world. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
WASHINGTON, D.C. —
U.S. Senators late on Wednesday afternoon questioned the CEO of U.S. Airways about its proposed merger with American Airlines.
There was some concern during the hearing about what the merger will do to ticket prices, and that it might also force cuts in the number of employees working at US Airways in Charlotte-Douglas.
The U.S. Airways CEO refused to answer questions about the local workforce, but he told senators, "Reduction in the workforce it is just not the case in this merger, that is just wrong. We are going to put together two airlines, highly complementary – 900 routes and only 19 overlap.
The merger could reportedly be closed as early as September, but Senators can ask the justice department to block the deal.
None said they planned to do so during Wednesday night's hearing, but several said they are concerned about those ticket prices and workers.