US Airways CEO says Charlotte Douglas to remain hub

US Airways CEO says Charlotte Douglas to remain hub

US Airways CEO says Charlotte Douglas to remain hub

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

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WCNC.com

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 25 at 12:48 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- US Airways CEO Doug Parker wrote a letter to one of North Carolina's U.S. senators assuring that Charlotte Douglas International Airport will remain a hub following the company's merger with American Airlines.

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan made the announcement on Tuesday that's she'd received Parker's letter.

Hagan had been seeking assurance that the world's seventh busiest airport would not be downgraded since the Government Accountability Office released a report indicating Miami would better serve as the combined airline's southeast hub.

US Airways has called the federal report “completely false.”

In a statement released Tuesday, Senator Hagan said, "Charlotte Douglas Airport is one of the most efficient and cost-effective airports in the country, and I am committed to protecting the interests of its travelers and workers."

"Miami is a strong local market and a fabulous gateway to Latin America. But there is no way it could replace our Charlotte hub with its ideal geographic location, strong local market, excellent infrastructure and competitive costs," wrote Parker in his letter.

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