RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says US Airways and American Airlines will continue service for the next five years to every Virginia airport they currently serve under an agreement reached with the state.

The Justice Department announced a settlement Tuesday to allow the airlines to merge, creating the world’s biggest carrier. It requires a federal judge’s approval.

Cuccinelli had challenged the merger on the grounds it would reduce competition and raise fares for Virginia passengers. Attorneys general from five other states and the District of Columbia had joined in the challenge.

The agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at Washington’s Reagan National Airport and in other big cities.

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