The approved merger of US Airways and American Airlines by the U.S. Justice Department earlier this week creates the world’s largest airline and opens the flood gates for business and leisure travel to Philadelphia.
CVB worked with airport and city officials, including Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and US Travel on a national level to encourage the merger which has the potential to change the landscape of travel for the entire Philadelphia region.
The new American, according to Attorney General Eric Holder, “ensures airline passengers will see more competition on nonstop and connecting routes throughout the country.” The newly combined company will retain the American Airlines brand name and indicated plans to maintain a hub in Philadelphia “forever.”
This new airline, and ultimately Philadelphia, will become a part of the “oneworld alliance” meaning Philadelphia International Airport could become their largest hub on the East Coast, and therefore, the largest East Coast gateway to and from the world.
The new American will bring the region access from 336 destinations in 56 countries – meaning more people will have a way to access the City and region, supporting the future economic vitality of the city’s travel industry. Philadelphia’s travel industry employees more than 108,000 people in the region and 56,000 in the City.
The accessibility of our region is one of the top driving factors for conventions considering Philadelphia, as well as for international travelers when deciding on a destination to visit for conventions, business or leisure.