(Reuters) - US Airways Group
The companies said they extended the date by which either airline could terminate the merger pact to either January 18, 2014, or the 15th day following the entry of a court order approving the merger should it be entered on or before January 17, whichever is later.
The previous termination date for the deal was December 17.
Should the U.S. district court hearing the government lawsuit rule against the merger, the carriers said either party may end the agreement five days after the entry of an order prohibiting the deal.
The U.S. Justice Department and several states filed a lawsuit on August 13 to stop the merger of US Air and American parent AMR Corp
(Reporting by Karen Jacobs in Atlanta; Editing by John Wallace)