Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


November 12, 2013
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Attorney General Pam Bondi Announces Airline Settlement that Supports Florida’s Economy and Provides Additional Consumer Choice for Air Travel

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that her office has reached an agreement over the proposed merger between US Airways and American Airlines. The agreement will help retain and create jobs in Florida, boosting the economy, and provide for excellent airline travel options for consumers. Under the agreement, New American will continue to operate a hub in Miami for three years and continue for five years to serve every airport in Florida now served by the two airlines.

“I am thrilled that we have reached an agreement that will not only keep jobs in Florida, but also will lead to additional jobs in our great state,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “The agreement also ensures that air travelers have ample options before them. I have a great working relationship with American Airlines Chairman and CEO Tom Horton and look forward to continuing that relationship as we bring jobs to Florida.”

The States also joined a settlement with the United States Department of Justice requiring the airlines to divest slots at Reagan National in Washington D.C., LaGuardia in New York City as well as gates at Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Love Field, Los Angeles International and Miami. Slots are required for take offs and landings at DCA and LGA because of congestion. The divestitures will enable new carriers to enter the Washington, D.C. and New York markets. The same will happen as the result of gate divestitures.

Attorney General Bondi was joined in these Settlements by the Attorneys General of: Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia.