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Airline Merger Could Cause Changes At Indianapolis Airport

A US Airways plane waits to take off at the Indianapolis International Airport.

The US Airways merger with American Airlines will create the nation‘s largest airline, but only the third largest in terms of passenger market share at Indianapolis International Airport, according to airport spokesman Carlo Bertolini.

Bertolini says American currently carries about 10 percent of the Indianapolis International Airport‘s passenger market which makes it the 5th largest and U.S. Air carries about 13 percent of the Indianapolis market, making it the 4th largest.

Bertolini says combined, they will become 3rd behind the currently merging Southwest and AirTran which are tops in passenger market share and Delta which is currently number two.

He says the US Air and American merger raises concerns about choice and airfares, but it is too early to tell. However, he says there is good news in terms of current routes.

“The good news for passengers is none of those overlap so they each fly to four nonstop destinations from Indianapolis, American and US Airways and again there is no overlap,” he says. “There‘s a total of eight mutually exclusive routes between them.”

He says the airport did not lose any services back in 2010 when United and Continental merged. He says those airlines also had very minimal overlapping which did not require the elimination of routes or services. Ultimately, Bertolini says this latest merger will be a wait and see.

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