Officials with the Chattanooga airport said the merger between US Airways and American Airlines could be a positive thing for the Scenic City.
US Airways—Six daily to Charlotte, one daily to Washington-Reagan
American—One daily to Chicago, two daily to Dallas/Ft. Worth
"All of the hubs served by these airlines out of our airport would probably grow after a merger, so it’s not like mergers in the past, where hubs were removed from the system,” Terry Hart, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority, said in a prepared statement. "We will continue monitoring the situation and looking for opportunities to grow air service in Chattanooga.”
Currently, Chattanooga's airport has seven US Airways flights and three American flights daily.
The two airlines announced the plan to merge Thursday morning.
The move will create the biggest airline in the world and will be the beginning of the end to American's bankruptcy, Politico.com reported.
NewsChannel 9 reported that most experts do not expect the merger to prompt an increase in ticket prices. But passengers might experience travel disruptions, such as lost luggage or flight delays as the companies combine.