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Approved airline merger could put Maine flights at risk

Airways American Airlines merger on Nov. senators threw their hats in the ring in hopes that Maine's airports wouldn't take a hit.

For the airlines, the DOJ decision is good news. They've been cleared to combine to form a new American Airlines, creating the largest airline on the planet. The new company will fly more than 6,700 flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries per day, according to a company news release. American Airlines has been mired in bankruptcy proceedings since 2011, when the company filed for bankruptcy protection. (DCA) and 12 fewer daily departures at New York's LaGuardia Airport.

Where those slots will be lost has yet to be determined, but it's likely airports in small and medium sized markets such as Bangor and Portland, Maine could be targeted. Airways and American have said that no city will lose service entirely.

Sen. Susan Collins, the ranking member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, has spoken with US Airways CEO Doug Parker, who will become CEO of the merged airline. to Maine every weekend to attend to business at home.

"Not only is consumer demand for these flights strong, but also they are essential to business development and attraction to Maine's tourism industry," Collins said in a statement rehashing her conversation with Parker. "Mr. Parker listened carefully and promised to consider these important factors as he makes the decisions necessary to comply with the Justice Department's mandate."

Collins also joined Sen. Angus King in writing a letter to the CEOs of both Airlines, urging them to consider carefully the implications of cutting flights to places such as Bangor and Portland.

"Maintaining direct access between small and medium sized communities and our nation's capital is important for facilitating commerce and tourism for residents, businesses and visitors," the senators wrote. About 60 percent of people who fly the route are people coming to Bangor, rather than leaving.

How might Reggie White Super Bowl Jersey Bangor be affected by the divestitures?

"At this point, it remains to be seen," BIA Director Tony Caruso said recently, but flights could have a "significant impact."

The merger itself is "certainly good news," Caruso said. It will create a stronger, more competitive airline that could serve in Bangor for a long time to come.

"Our hope is that the merger still continues and we are not affected by any flight divestitures," Caruso said. Department of Justice to approve the airline merger without divesting flights. Its effort to influence the negotiations appear to have fallen flat.

Paul Bradbury, director of Portland International Jetport, echoed the benefits of the merger and didn't express much concern about the potential loss of flights.

"I believe that the American US Airways merger will be a net positive to the Portland International Jetport, and I am pleased the merger is going through," Bradbury said in an email.

Currently, his airport is represented by two of the three airline alliances Star Alliance and Sky Team. After the merger, US Airways will be part of the One World Alliance, meaning Portland will have airlines from all three major alliances in its airport.

"I believe there is opportunity for service to additional non stop destinations from [Portland International Jetport] to the current American network," Bradbury said.

However, the fact that the airport could lose some of its flight capacity to Reagan is a downside, he said.

The DOJ filed its antitrust lawsuit to block the merger back in August, citing concerns that the merger could drive up Reggie White Jersey fares and prices for passengers.

The companies say they plan to complete the merger in December. Airways spokesman.

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