Airline merger could bring new routes to Willard

Airline merger could bring new routes to Willard

Even though he said there is still much left to be decided, the head of Willard airport in Savoy said the merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways could help the local airport.  Currently, American Eagle, which operates regional jets for American Airlines, serves Willard.

The two airlines announced the merger on Thursday, and now the plan has to get approval from a bankruptcy judge, regulators and others.

That process is expected to take months or even years, but Willard Airport manager Steve Wanzek said he's excited about how the move might create new routes for the airport.

Wanzek added, though, that everything is in the preliminary stages, and the two airlines themselves have much to decide on.

But he said for now, it's business as usual at Willard, and passengers don't have to worry about flight changes as a result of the merger.

Wanzek said it's too early to tell if the merger will have an impact on ticket prices.  But he suspected it's not likely.

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