In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, file photo, an American Airlines plane and a US Airways plane are parked at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington. The government is putting its foot down on rising airfares and fees by blocking the merger of American and US Airways -- but for fliers, its already too late.
A federal judge said Friday that the government's lawsuit to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways will start Nov. 25, a timetable favored by the airlines.
The U.S. Justice Department had wanted the trial to start in March, saying it needed more time to prepare for the complex case. The airlines said that such a long delay would threaten their merger.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said in court that March was "too far off."