US and American Airlines merger


Guests: Henry Harteveldt and Brian Kelly

Last week a federal bankruptcy judge approved the merger of US Airways and American Airlines allowing the $11 billion plan to go forward. When joined, the two companies would become the world’s largest airline in the world. What will this mega-merger mean for the industry and for consumers?  Today, guest host Tracey Matisak talks with HENRY HARTEVELDT, travel industry analyst with Hudson Crossing about the mergers potential impact on hubs, routes, services, prices and more. We’ll also get an update on the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed closures of 149 control tower at small and medium sized airports  due to the sequestration. Then, we’ll get tips on how to maximize your frequent flyer miles from BRIAN KELLY, founder of

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