A proposed $11 billion airline merger could bring more options to flyers in our region.
American Airlines and US Airways say the deal will promote competitiveness, providing more than 6,000 flights to more than 300 destinations, while maintaining the hubs of both airlines.
Currently Burlington International only has service from US Airways.
Local travel agents say in the short term the merger would be good for travelers in the Northeast.
"Right now out of Burlington you can't get on to a One World route structure and get American fares to South America, Qantas airfares to the Pacific, British airfares to Europe and the Middle East out of Burlington. You will be able to do that much more easily with the through fare. And in the short run, I think it is going to be a benefit for frequent fliers, businesses and travelers going out of Burlington," said Scott Milne of Milne Travel.
Milne says in the long run the merger means less competition and therefor higher prices for travelers.
The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to block the merger on antitrust grounds.
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