Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi met Friday with Tom Horton, American Airlines’ president and chief executive officer, to talk about the proposed merger between American and US Airways.
The justice department will take the carriers to court this month to try to block the $11 billion deal on antitrust grounds. Seven attorneys general came out in support of the lawsuit when it was announced in August.
Carrier officials seem to be trying to persuade Bondi to drop her support of the lawsuit in much the same way they convinced Texas’ attorney general, Greg Abbott, to back out of Justice’s plan.
“Today I had an extremely productive, face-to-face meeting with Tom Horton, American Airlines Chairman and CEO,” Bondi said in a statement. “We are both hopeful that we will reach a timely resolution to benefit the residents of Miami and all Floridians and travelers to Florida. We look forward to a thriving American Airlines that not only keeps but will create many jobs in our great state.”
In early October, Abbott removed his support for the tria
l after talking with American officials. To gain his support, the carrier agreed to maintain daily scheduled service to more than 20 Texas airports after the proposed merger.