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American Merges With U.S Airways

Updated: Thursday, February 14 2013, 07:48 PM EST

American Airlines merges with U.S. Airways in an $11 billion deal to create the world’s largest airline.  It will use the American Airlines name. 

Passengers boarding U.S. Airways flights had some concerns Thursday at Asheville Regional Airport. Some frequent fliers want to know what will happen to all those perks they’re getting with their U.S. Airways credit cards and upgrades.

U.S. Airways has numerous flights to connections in Charlotte and major hubs. Some passengers say they prefer to fly out of Asheville to save time and money driving to Charlotte and other cities for lower fares.

Airport officials say at least in the short term, it should be business as usual for U.S. Airways fans. That’s because the the U.S. Airways CEO will become the CEO of American Airlines. People remember American’s direct flights to Dallas-Fort worth that began in 2010 and ended two years later. They’d like to get that route back.

The merger could mean more flights for Asheville in the future. That’s because American’s flights don’t overlap most of U.S. Airways. The down side of this deal for all passengers is that the nation is down to three major airlines including American, Delta and United. Less competition often means higher fares. 

By Sherrill Barber
Follow Sherrill on Twitter @SherrillBarber

American Merges With U.S Airways

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