US Airways merger with American Airlines would create dominant carrier at Washington National

At Washington National a combined US Airways and American Airlines would have nearly 60% of seat capacity; highly observant regulators looking out of their windows from across the Potomac may just notice.

At Washington National a combined US Airways and American Airlines would have nearly 60% of seat capacity; highly observant regulators looking out of their windows from across the Potomac may just notice.

With on-going speculation about a possible tie-up between American Airlines and US Airways, anna.aero this week takes a closer look at US Airways’ biggest bases of operation and what presence American Airlines has at these airports and what the implications for a merged airline might be. US Airways’ biggest bases are Charlotte and Philadelphia where the carrier accounts for 90% and 73% of scheduled seat capacity respectively. At these airports US Airways operates non-stop services to 138 destinations (Charlotte) and 116 destinations (Philadelphia). American Airlines has 2% and 3% of capacity at these airports.

US Airways top 12 airports Weekly departing seats in July 2012

Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 2 July 2012

At Phoenix and Washington National US Airways has 48% and 44% of capacity respectively. At Washington National a combined airline would have a total share of 57% of seat capacity which is likely to attract the attention of regulators especially given the strategic location of the airport.

Over one-third of capacity at LaGuardia and Pittsburgh

A combined American Airlines and US Airways would also grow its presence to over one-third of seat capacity at New York LaGuardia airport and Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is by some way the smallest US airport among US Airways’ top 12 airports. US Airways currently operates from 155 airports in North America (US and Canada). Its smallest presence in North America is at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts from where its partner airline Air Wisconsin operates 10 weekly flights (daily plus second frequency on Friday, Saturday and Sunday) to Washington National using 50-seat CRJs.


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