US hopes to settle airline fight

The US Justice Department is pressing for divestitures at airports throughout the US as a condition for dropping a lawsuit aimed at stopping a proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines , US Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday. Holder said that talks with the companies, whose merger would create the world’s largest airline, were ongoing and that he hoped for an agreement before a trial begins on 25 November. “What we have tried to focus on is to make sure that any resolution in this case necessarily includes divestitures of facilities at key constrained airports throughout the United States,” Holder said at a press conference.