The recent merger between American-US Airways creates various changes throughout the aviation community. As The Post and Courier mentions, “The merger of major airlines generally results in fewer competitors, higher airfares.”
Private Jet Services CEO Greg Raiff comments on how the merger has a strong chance of negatively impacting secondary markets, such as Charleston International in South Carolina.
According to a spokeswoman from Charleston County Aviation Authority, American and US Air combined total 30% of Charleston Internationals air traffic. Charleston International could loose service to different airports for direct flights.
With the transformation of mergers there is a multiplier effect. Depending on the actions of airlines such as JetBlue and Southwest and other variables, the outcome of this merger remain unknown.