UPDATE: Alaska Air (ALK), Virgin America (VA) Said to Pitch Merger to Top Antitrust Officials - Bloomberg

September 22, 2016 4:00 PM EDT

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(Updated - September 22, 2016 4:05 PM EDT)

Alaska Air (NYSE: ALK) and Virgin America (Nasdaq: VA) pleaded their case for a merger to top Justice Department officials last week, according to Bloomberg sources. This suggests negotiations are in their final stages on whether the government will allow the deal.

The airlines reportedly met with antitrust division chief Renata Hesse and other officials. The Bloomberg report went on to say that such top-level meetings usually signal that the antitrust division has worries about a merger.

The Justice Department has until Sept. 30th to act on the deal.

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