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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The merger of American Airlines and US Airways will likely result in few changes to Lambert International Airport users.

Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge says the merger will no direct impact on Lambert. But, she says, it could cause some short-term problems for flights from St. Louis to either New York or Washington D.C., two city where the new airline may have to give up slots to avoid a monopoly.

Hamm-Niebruegge doesn’t expect the merger to result in costlier ticket prices.

“I think it could, in the end, be a concern for the consumer but I think because it will be so heavily watched by the Department of Justice, that keeps the consumer on an even playing field to where the options will continue to be competitive,” she said.

On the plus side, the merger is expected to make it easier for passengers to accumulate frequent flier miles.

“This agreement has the potential to shift the landscape of the airline industry,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement earlier this week. “By guaranteeing a bigger foothold for low-cost carriers at key U.S. airports, this settlement ensures airline passengers will see more competition on nonstop and connecting routes throughout the country.”

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