Philadelphia, February 14, 2013 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter issued the following statement on the merger of USAirways and American Airlines:
“The announced merger of US Airways and American Airlines has the potential to produce a more dynamic airline, a stronger Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and a stronger Philadelphia region. Increased air service means more opportunities for jobs at the airport and, ultimately, our region. Competitive cities have great airports that are attractive to passengers, businesses and airlines alike.
“As PHL’s primary carrier, US Airways has played a major role in our city’s success competing in the global marketplace. I am eager to learn more details about the proposed merger, and I am optimistic about the possibility of more international air service to Philadelphia. The merger between US Airways and American Airlines provides an opportunity for non-stop flights from PHL to Asia and other international destinations, as well as better connections for other routes around the world.
“I offer my sincere congratulations to Doug Parker, Tom Horton and their respective teams on this great accomplishment, and I look forward to working with the world’s largest airline as it establishes service in the City of Philadelphia.”