AA, US Airways merger cause for celebration

AA, US Airways merger cause for celebration

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on December 9, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 8:00 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It is official, US Airways and American Airlines merged Monday, forming what is now the largest airline in the world.

The $17.7 billion deal was cause for celebration at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport where Terri Pope who is now the Vice President of Operations in Charlotte for both airlines said, “This will be a great airline.

“The customers, our employees, everyone should join us in the celebration,” she said.

There has been some speculation that the giant merger would eventually mean higher ticket prices because there would again be less competition.

“Well I assume they would have been asking that before the other big mergers.  I understand the question but obviously we can’t talk about future pricing,” Pope said

When asked about prices, one passenger in line at the American ticket counter, Steven Williams, said, “Charlotte has always had pretty high ticket prices so I expect they will stay about the same.”

Most passengers were not even aware that Monday was the first day of the new merger.

Many were more occupied with trying to book new flights after having been diverted by bad weather.

Reacting to the merger finally coming to fruition, the interim Airport Director, Brent Cagle said, “We are now the second largest airport to the largest airline, and we are very excited about that.”

There will not be any immediate rush to change the color scheme on the planes because the two airlines will continue to operate individually for a year to a year and a half.

The first change will come in January of next year when the two frequent flier programs are combined.

Passengers will not lose any miles because of the merge.

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