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Old 11-07-2013, 09:53 AM
 
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BALTIMORE — Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will probably jump to second place among the largest U.S. airports by 2022, up from its current No. 4 spot today, an industry analyst predicted Tuesday.
Aviation consultant Michael Boyd, speaking at his company’s annual conference, said D/FW Airport has room to grow unlike many other airports. It will also benefit from the proposed merger of American Airlines Inc. and US Airways Inc., Boyd said, assuming that marriage is allowed to happen.
In fact, Boyd predicts D/FW Airport will be the second-fastest-growing airport between 2013 and 2022, with its passenger boardings expected to jump 18.8 percent. The only faster-growing airport is expected to be in Charlotte, N.C., US Airways’ largest hub.
Both airports would benefit from the merger, and most of the Charlotte growth would be merger-driven, Boyd said.
On the other end, he expects 2022 annual boardings at Phoenix, another US Airways hub, to drop 3.4 percent below 2013’s level. Phoenix will remain an important hub in the merged airline, but Dallas/Fort Worth is better situated for the connecting passenger traffic that drives the totals at both hubs.
The Boyd Group International predicts that Dallas/Fort Worth will grow from 29.4 million enplanements (people getting on airplanes) in 2013 to 34.9 million in 2022. In doing so, it will jump past Los Angeles International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Boyd predicted.
Maintaining the No. 1 spot that it has held for years will be Atlanta, where Delta Air Lines Inc. has a dominant position.
Boyd said he sees little impact on D/FW Airport when federal restrictions at nearby Dallas Love Field expire in October 2014. That will allow Love Field’s main tenant, Southwest Airlines Co., and other airlines to fly anywhere nonstop in the United States out of the Dallas airport.
To the suggestion that Dallas-baseed Southwest would offer low fares that would generate more traffic, Boyd said that ultra-low-fare carrier Spirit Airlines Inc. has already stimulated that impulse traffic.
He said he doesn’t foresee a great increase in traffic at Love Field after the restrictions expire, although the mix of traffic might change. Love Field has no room to grow, and it is hampered by poor road access compared with D/FW Airport, he said.
“It’s not going to do anything to fares, and we maintain that it won’t be taking passengers away from D/FW,” Boyd said.
http://www.dallasnews.com/business/a...ts-in-2022.ece
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Not a surprising prediction here if Fort Worth-based American Airlines does does in fact effectively absorb the smaller US Airways.
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Rocky Mountain Xplorer
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it has reached an agreement to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, creating the world's biggest airline.

The agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at Washington's Reagan National Airport and in other big cities.

In August, the government sued to block the merger, saying it would restrict competition and drive up prices for consumers on hundreds of routes around the country.

The airlines have said their deal would increase competition by creating another big competitor to United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, which grew through recent mergers.

The settlement reached Tuesday would require approval by a federal judge in Washington. It would require American and US Airways to give up takeoff and landing rights or slots at Reagan National and New York's LaGuardia Airport and gates at airports in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and Miami to low-cost carriers to offset the impact of the merger.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the agreement would ensure more competition on nonstop and connecting routes throughout the country. The department called the slot and gate divestitures at key airports "groundbreaking."
Govt reaches agreement to allow airline merger - Houston Chronicle
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It's a done deal, so FTW-based American is now the largest airline in the world.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:37 AM
 
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Govt reaches agreement to allow airline merger - Houston Chronicle
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It's a done deal, so FTW-based American is now the largest airline in the world.
Great deal for DFW airport.
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Good Job DFW! Finally Fort Worth has another thing they can brag about
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