(AP) The U.S. government wants to wait until March for a trial on its lawsuit aimed at blocking the merger of American Airlines and US Airways.
The airlines want to start the trial in November.
The Justice Department said in a court filing Tuesday that given the stakes in the merger it would create the world's biggest airline it needs more time to prepare.
The government accuses the airlines of rushing the case.
The judge plans to hold a conference on the schedule Friday, but it's not certain that she will set a trial date then.
The government says the merger will reduce competition and drive up travel prices. The airlines say it would provide more competition by creating a third big airline to rival United and Delta.