WASHINGTON (CBS / AP) — Alaska Airlines has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines.
Parent company Alaska Air Group Inc. said Tuesday that it expects to close the $2.6 billion deal soon.READ MORE: Walnut Creek Police Arrest Suspected Shoplifter, Recover $2000 In Stolen Merchandise I
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit and settlement agreement in federal district court in Washington. Seattle-based Alaska agreed to scale back a deal in which it and American sell seats on some of each other’s flights and split the revenue.READ MORE: Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver In San Jose
Alaska is the nation’s sixth-biggest airline, and California-based Virgin is eighth. Together, they will become the fifth-biggest.
The airlines still face a private lawsuit to block the deal. Alaska and Virgin executives have expressed confidence they can resolve that lawsuit, which is pending in federal district court in San Francisco.MORE NEWS: Home Alone: Helping Pandemic Pets Cope When Their Owners Return To Work
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