WASHINGTON Employees from the two companies attempting to create the worlds largest airline plan to rally Wednesday on Capitol Hill along with members of Congress and key union leaders.
The rally will involve employees from American Airlines and US Airways, which are attempting to overcome Justice Department resistance by merging operations.
Justice said the merger would lessen competition in markets around the country, resulting in higher fees for travelers. The companies have said the Justice Department approved other large airline mergers in recent years. The deal has been valued at $11 billion.
The noon rally next to the U.S. Capitol comes as hundreds of pilots, flight attendants, gate agents, baggage handlers and other employees from the two companies are scheduled to be in Washington to talk up the merger with members of Congress.
The rally is scheduled to include U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., and other members of Congress.
Officials representing flight attendants, pilots and other airline employees are also scheduled to speak.
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