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American-US Airways Merger Impacts Flights at Reno Airport

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From the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority:

The merger between American Airlines and US Airways is causing airlines to reduce flights at Reno-Tahoe International Airport and many airports across the country.

As a condition of approving the merger, the US Dept. of Justice forced American and US Airways to give up valuable slots at seven busy hub airports. Now, other airlines like Southwest are canceling service on less profitable routes and moving those flights to the new and more lucrative routes at the larger, busier airports.

The result is Southwest has announced that on June 8, 2014, it is canceling its nonstop daily flight between Reno and Seattle and another non-stop daily flight between Reno and Portland. Both flights were performing below the airline's average load factor and did not meet Southwest's financial expectations. The good news is Alaska Airlines serves both Portland and Seattle with non-stop daily service to and from Reno-Tahoe International, and Alaska will continue to offer that service to the Pacific Northwest.

Reno-Tahoe is not the only community impacted by the airlines' race to get more slots at larger airports. Jackson Mississippi, Branson Missouri, and Key West Florida have lost all of their Southwest Airlines service effective June 8. Louisville, Dayton, San Antonio, New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Nashville, Norfolk and Chicago Midway also lost flights as a result of the new slot availability.

"We told the community two weeks ago that we need a new approach to maintaining and growing air service in the Reno-Tahoe region," Marily Mora, President/CEO of Reno-Tahoe International, Airport said. "This shift in air service across the country is another example of how we need our business, government and tourism community to partner with the airport on new air service strategies."

From the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority

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