US Airways shareholders approve on American merger
NEW YORK — US Airways shareholders overwhelmingly approved a proposed merger with American Airlines, bringing the companies closer to building the world's biggest airline.
The main hurdle now is a review by antitrust regulators at the Department of Justice. Concerns have been raised about the merger's impact on airfares and the combined airline's potential dominance at Washington's Reagan National Airport.
The man who would lead the combined company, US Airways CEO Doug Parker, was once again adamant Friday that the combined airline should not be forced to give up any takeoff and landing slots at Reagan National, where it will be by far the biggest carrier.
At a shareholder meeting on Friday in New York — likely the last for US Airways Group Inc. — 132.3 million shares were voted in favor of the merger and about 258,000 against it, the company said. The US Airways shareholders will get 28 percent of the new company, with the rest going to creditors, employees and shareholders of American Airlines parent AMR Corp.
AMR has been operating under bankruptcy protection since November 2011, and its creditors are voting through July 29 on a reorganization plan that includes the merger. They are widely expected to favor it, and a federal bankruptcy judge in New York could confirm the plan at an Aug. 15 hearing.
At Thursday's closing price for US Airways shares, the all-stock deal would be worth roughly $12.8 billion. Since American filed for bankruptcy, US Airways shares have nearly quadrupled to $17.37, as investors bet on a merger of the two airlines.
European regulators are expected to announce a decision on the merger this month. The Justice Department has not commented on its review, but some members of Congress have questioned whether US Airways and American would be too strong at Reagan airport. Together they would control about two-thirds of the takeoff and landing slots at the close-in airport.
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