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Indy travelers should see little change after airline merger

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Will you pay more to fly now that American and US Airways will become one airline? The merger announced this week creates the world's biggest airline.

Those in the industry say travelers flying in and out of Indianapolis International Airport should not be nervous about the merge.

A Senior Lecturer in Finance at the IU Kelley School of Business, and a former pilot, James Smith said he expects, "The combined airline to maintain roughly the current schedule in and out of Indianapolis."

And the fact that neither airline has hubs that overlap is a good sign.

US Airways has hubs in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, and Charlotte. American has hubs in Chicago, Dallas, and New York.

Smith believes, "The combination offered in Indianapolis is at least a good a connection as we see now."

As for airfares, he expects little changes there as well.

"Because, on the one hand, you would expect this reduction in competition to maybe allow airlines to raise fares," Smith said. "But on the other hand, one of the big four airlines now is going to be Southwest, who competes."

Smith adds it's likely the combined airline will be more efficiently-run, with airplanes spending less time on the ground.

There should be no change for those who've already booked a flight with either US Airways or American.

For a while, travelers will utilize the same counters at the airport.

It is likely frequent flyer miles will combine.

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