I’ve been keeping mostly quiet about the potential American Airlines/US Airways merger. Sure, there was a story recently about how they could announce the merger next week. But, that story could have easily come out a month ago, or a month from now. So, I chose not to write about it since there wasn’t much in the way of new information.
But, then I came across this piece in the St. Louis Business Journal. Among other things, it covers such facts as:
Post-merger, American would have hubs at seven of the nine busiest airports in the U.S. and suddenly become a major player in Boston and Tampa, Fla., as well as at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. American also would gain a strong presence in Europe and Latin America.
The emphasis is mine. The only presence American gains in Latin America is the one it already has. To my knowledge, the only destinations US Airways serves with their won metal are Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. Not what I would call a large network. They serve more destinations in Europe than they do in Latin America, it’s not a huge list but there are at least a few compliments to AA(Munich and Brussels) with lots of overlap albeit from different US cities, like Frankfurt (US serves it out of Charlotte, AA out of DFW) London-Gatwick (AA serves Heathrow), Dublin, Madrid, Manchester, Paris, Rome and Zurich.
Lots of changes coming if the merger closes, which is likely. But, the increase in American’s reach in Europe and Latin American isn’t really one of them.