The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says the combined carrier would have five East Coast hubs, “and one could logically think that’s too many,” its author, Gerald Dillingham, said in an interview. “Our intent was to say if history is any teacher when large mergers occur, the merged airline will rationalize or adjust its operations. And that could include, as it has in the past, de-emphasizing one hub or another.”
Despite the rhetoric that the new American Airlines intends to retain the combined airlines’ hub lineups, people in Philadelphia are very concerned.
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