WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Love is in the air. Quite literally. Struggling American Airlines and US Airways announced their official plans to become one. They even launched a new website today.
It has some wondering how the move will affect travel at Wilmington International Airport.
“In the short-term, I don’t think we’re going to see a lot of change,” ILM Airport Director Jon Rosborough said.
In fact, the merger could take years to solidify. When the full transition does go through, the combined airline will stick with the American name and offer 6,700 daily flights.
Rosborough says you can expect more travel options.
“Passengers will have connectivity now to eight hubs in the United States. Right now, US Air has three,” Rosborough said.
But as your options increase, so might your airfare.
“People are not going to be used to paying some of the airfare, but no matter where it is, all airlines are going to have to increase their air fares in order to stay competitive,” Rosborough said.
Jordan Komyathy waited at ILM Thursday for her Valentine to arrive from Michigan. She says he already had to pay a pretty penny for his flight.
“His ticket was $377, and that’s way more than it was two years ago when I first came down here to school,” she said.
She worries if prices go up, their long-distance relationship could suffer.
“I know that if we had to spend more than that, we would not be able to see each other as much. That would definitely put a strain on the relationship,” Komyathy said.
Some travel experts say the merged airlines eight hubs will not stick around, as airlines try to save money.
US Airways shareholders also need to sign off on the deal along with the US Department of Transportation and the Justice Department.