“US Airways is in a position where if it doesn’t merge, it’s going to die,” says Joshua Schank, president of the Eno Center for Transportation. “They saw this bankruptcy as an opportunity, and they’re taking advantage of it.”
And, Schank warns, “you’re likely to see a bump in the cost of travel,” particularly on flights between hubs served by US Airways and American such as Phoenix, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas.
If the airlines merge, the combined carrier would be called American Airlines and be based in American’s home of Fort Worth, according to Capt. Dave Bates, president of the Allied Pilots Association.