Airline Merger

Southwest & AirTran Begin Merging Routes

Southwest is taking the next big step in its acquisition of AirTran.  Passengers can now book dozens of routes using flights on both airlines while using a single itinerary.  This marriage of routes is a major step toward folding AirTran into Southwest's current route network.  Southwest announced soon passengers will be able to book flights on any of the airlines' combined 97 destinations, including international, in one transaction.  This is a big change for loyal Southwest passengers who have not been able to book international tickets on Southwest in the past.

US Airways and American Announce Merger

This morning it's official, American Airlines and US Airways are merging.  The two airlines announced earlier today both of their boards approved the plan.  The new airline will retain the American Airlines name and remain part of the oneworld® Alliance.  According to PR folks at American the combined airline will fly more than 6700 daily flights to 336 destinations and 56 countries.  (Links to Full Media Coverage below)