Critics of the American and U.S. Airways merger worried that larger industry consolidation would leave many small U.S. cities without service. It's too early to determine the full impact of the latest merger, but this is a sign that at least some destinations will get more service.
American Airlines Group Inc. said Monday that it will begin eight new daily nonstop routes this fall from big hub airports to mostly smaller cities such as Grand Rapids, Michigan.
All the flights will be conducted with smaller regional jets under the American Eagle and US Airways Express brands.
On Sept. 3, US Airways Express will start flights between Grand Rapids and both Charlotte and Philadelphia.
On Oct. 2, US Airways Express will start flights between Evansville, Indiana, and Charlotte; Fort Wayne, Indiana, and both Charlotte and Philadelphia; and Phoenix and Cleveland. The same day, American Eagle will begin flying between Bismarck, North Dakota, and both Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth.
The company, formed by the December merger of American and US Airways, said it was committed to expanding domestic flying to serve customers in smaller markets.
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Photo Credit: The tail sections of a newly designed American Airlines aircraft (L), a US Airways aircraft (C) and a traditional American Airlines aircraft are lined up at Dallas-Ft Worth International Airport February 14, 2013. Mike Stone / REUTERS
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