DALLAS — The US government wants to wait until March for a trial on its lawsuit aimed at blocking the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, a deal that would create the world’s biggest airline.
The airlines want to start the trial in November. They had hoped to close the merger next month, but that was before the US Justice Department and six states filed the antitrust case.
The Justice Department said in a court filing Tuesday it needs until March 3 to develop evidence and prepare for trial. It accused the airlines of rushing the case.
In a written statement, AMR and US Airways Group Inc. said that the government’s request was slow and unreasonable after a Justice Department investigation that they say lasted 16 months. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.