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Sky Harbor among airports that want chance to support airline merger

DALLAS — The airports dominated by US Airways and American Airlines said Monday
they’ll be hurt if the carriers can’t merge.

The airports, including Phoenix Sky Harbor, want to file a friend-of-the-court statement supporting the
merger, which is the subject of a trial scheduled to start Nov. 25 in U.S.
district court in Washington.

The request was also filed by Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport,
Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and
Philadelphia, which operates of Philadelphia International Airport.

The U.S. Justice Department sued in August to block the merger, saying that the
deal would limit competition and drive up consumer prices.

The airports said if they’re allowed to file a brief, they’ll show that
blocking the merger would hurt domestic and international competition “to the
detriment of the traveling public and labor, as well as to airports and their
local communities.”

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