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Merger May Bring No Big Changes To BGM Airport

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The impending merger of US Airways and American Airlines means an iconic name at the Greater Binghamton Airport may soon vanish.

But the region’s air travelers might notice no other significant short-term changes when they fly into or out of the town of Maine facility.

The federal government has announced a settlement that should clear the way for the proposed merger, which had been held up by the Department of Justice.

Broome County aviation commissioner Carl Beardsley says it will “seem very strange” to talk about air travel in the future without mentioning US Airways.

The combined company will be known as American Airlines, so the US Airways logo will disappear from signage and equipment at BGM Airport.

Speaking on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program, Beardsley said he’s hopeful the new American Airlines might open up some new destinations for people traveling from the local airport.

Because the Binghamton airport isn’t currently served by both US Airways and American Airlines, Beardsley said the competitive situation locally won’t be changing.

Beardsley said he’s hopeful the merger “doesn’t have a huge impact” on air fares for BGM flights. He said county officials will be paying close attention to the fare situation.

The planned merger could close in about a month.

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