Airline merger could mean more flights and new destinations for

Airline merger could mean more flights and new destinations for McGhee Tyson

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Currently, the two airlines combined operate 21 departures a day out of McGhee Tyson. Currently, the two airlines combined operate 21 departures a day out of McGhee Tyson.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - Both American Airlines and US Airways operate terminal space at McGhee Tyson and airport officials hope when the two combine, it could mean more flights going both in and out of the airport.

This new merger brings more than a new logo. It makes American the biggest airline in the world. 

With that title comes more flight choices and more destinations for passengers. Currently, the two airlines combined operate 21 departures a day out of McGhee Tyson.

"Both airlines are extremely successful in our market and we anticipate that that will continue and we would like to use that as leverage towards the possibility of bringing new service to our community," said Becky Huckaby with McGhee Tyson Airport.

American already expects to provide the most service in the East Coast and central regions of the U.S. and is looking to expand its network on the West Coast, a region currently underserved at McGhee Tyson.

"We are always working towards the development of increasing the numbers or destinations of flights we have on a daily basis with the incumbent carriers we have, as well as trying to recruit new carriers to create competition in our market to bring low fares into our community," said Huckaby.

But that competition could take a while to arrive and until that happens, the details of those new flights or destinations won't be known.

"The merger has a lot of steps that it has to go through before they're completely one unified airline and so that process can take years to put together," said Huckaby.

In the meantime officials here say it's business as usual at both counters.      

More information about the merger including its benefits for the state as a whole is available in an American Airlines fact sheet.

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