ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There’s talk of American Airlines merging with another carrier.  American C.E.O. Tom Horton said told a British financial newspaper the airline may pursue a partner.

What could it mean for Lambert?

If,  says Lambert Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge,  it does happen,  she doesn’t see any negatives in all the possible partner scenarios.

“If they were to merge with U.S. Airways or another carrier , the lack of duel cities is a good thing for us” said Hamm-Niebruegge.   She added “There is no overlap of operations so that would lead you to believe that we would not see a downsizing.”

She does not foresee a loss of flights, but she also doesn’t see a great increase in flights.  The American C.E.O. did call U.S. Airways an attractive merger partner under the proper circumstances.   Hamm-Niebruegge says American has about 36 flights a day and U.S. Airways has 20.


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