American-US Air deal could bring new flights to Boise

Statesman staffNovember 15, 2013 

How is another mega-airline good news?

U.S. Airways operates flights in and out of Boise, but American Airlines doesn't. The merger could give Boise access to American's route network and resources, Boise Airport Director Rebecca Hupp said. That could lead to new flights.

What's most likely?

A nonstop to Dallas-Fort Worth is "the most logical opportunity for expansion," Hupp said. Airport officials have talked to the airlines about it already, she said.

Whoa!

Let's not get ahead of ourselves: Hupp described those discussions as "very, very preliminary."

What are the obstacles to a new flight?

The U.S. Justice Department cleared the way for the merger earlier this week, but it's not done yet. Once it goes through, it will take time to sort out the details, Hupp said. That means consolidating workforces and reservation systems.

How long will that take?

It's taken a year to two years to work out the details in other recent mergers. That's a reasonable timeline, Hupp said.

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