Mega Airline Merger could mean changes for Columbia Metro

U.S. Airways to Merge with American Airlines

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By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- The recent announcement that Charlotte-based US Airways will merge with American Airlines, striking an $11 billion deal creating the world’s largest airline, means changes for Columbia.

Spokesperson for Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Lynne Douglas, talks with ABC Columbia's Monique Williams and discusses the merger; the structure of the deal, which calls for the carrier to be named American Airlines but run by US Airways CEO Doug Parker; and its implications for the airline travel industry.

Douglas says there are inevitably pros and cons to a merger of this magnitude. Advantages include possibly larger aircraft with more seats, and additional passenger services, while disadvantages include losing service to cities the airport already has, layoffs and higher ticket prices.

No changes will happen immediately. Passengers will be notified prior to modifications. The full impact on Columbia Metro won't be known for several months. The entire merger will be complete by 2015.

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