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For Immediate Release:
December 11, 2013
Media Contact:
Jamil Rivers
jrivers@miamidade.gov
305-245-4420

Commissioner Dennis C. Moss congratulates American Airlines on emerging from bankruptcy as the largest air carrier in the world


MIAMI, FL - American Airlines has just completed a merger with US Airways, resulting in the largest air carrier in the world and more stability at Miami International Airport. The merger had been challenged by the United States Department of Justice but found support from the Board of County Commissioners, which argued that it would keep MIA competitive and prevent potential job losses and economic hardship to the residents of Miami-Dade County.

A County Commission resolution sponsored by Commissioner Dennis C. Moss had urged the Justice Department to dismiss litigation it had filed seeking to block the merger and directed the County’s federal and state lobbyists to advocate for American Airlines, the single largest carrier at MIA. Commissioners said the action would result in a stronger airline and would benefit the County because the airline intends to rely on MIA as a key hub. 

“Miami International Airport is the single largest  economic engine in Miami-Dade County,” said Commissioner Moss, who serves as Chairman of the Transportation and Aviation Committee.  “We are a global leader and a key hub for American Airlines, but we have to compete.  It is fortunate that the Board acted swiftly to address this issue and that the U.S. Department of Justice and the Florida Attorney General allowed this process to move forward. We were happy to join the Mayor and the Airport Director in displaying our unified support for the merger.”