Merger’s impact on airport uncertain

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Officials at Piedmont Triad International Airport say they don’t know how the merger of American Airlines Group Inc. and US Airways Group Inc. will affect PTI.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that American Airlines and US Airways Group announced an $11 billion merger on Thursday that would create the world’s biggest airline.

The combined carrier will be called American Airlines and be based in Fort Worth. It expects to have $40 billion in annual revenue and offer more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries.

Altogether the airlines have a combined 9,800 employees in North Carolina, primarily at US Airways’ hub in Charlotte.

“There’s the possibility of this having a negative impact on us in terms of the number of gates the combined air-line rents at the airport and potentially some loss of direct flights,” Kevin Baker, the executive director of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, said of the merger. “We just don’t know.”

Read more: The Winston-Salem Journal.