By Keith Laing
The House meeting to review the potential deal will be chaired the antitrust panel's chairman, Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.).
Other lawmakers have also promised to hold hearings on the move, such as the highest-ranking Democrat and Republican on the Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee.
“During my time in the Senate I have worked hard to keep the airline industry competitive to make sure companies retain jobs, maintain service levels and keep prices low for travelers,” the Senate panel's chairwoman, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), said in a statement after the merger was announced.
“As chair of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee I plan to hold a hearing to thoroughly review the proposed merger and examine its impact on competition and consumers,” Klobuchar continued.
U.S. Air and American have said that the combined airline that will emerge from the deal will be known as American and it will be run by U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker.
If it is approved by federal regulators, the U.S. Airways-American merger will the fourth major airline combination in recent years. It follows deals between Delta and Northwest Airlines, United and Continental Airlines, and Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways.