American and US Airways see east and midwest route opportunities

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American Airlines and US Airways see at least 101 new route opportunities in the east and midwest of the USA from their respective hubs, as a result of their proposed merger.

The carriers say that there are 37 US Airways cities in the east that could be served from American's hubs and 64 American cities that could be served from US Airways' hubs, in a recent presentation to community leaders in Philadelphia that was filed with the stock market today.

"New profitable opportunities exist in connecting existing spokes to new hubs," they say.

Oklahoma City is an example of a spoke that could gain service due to the merger. Jason Reisinger, director of route planning at US Airways, told Flightglobal at the Routes Americas 2013 forum in February that the economics of serving the city do not work with just one or two daily flights, when he was asked about the airline's application with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for a single slot pair at Washington National airport for a new Washington-Oklahoma City nonstop.

US Airways included twice-daily flights between Charlotte and Oklahoma City as part of its application for the slot pair in order to make service to the Oklahoma capital economically feasible, said Reisinger.

American has 13 peak day departures from Oklahoma City, according to Innovata schedules, which would make the addition of one or two flights per day a US Airways hub economically feasible.

The airlines have said that they have no plans to reduce capacity or cut any of their nine combined hubs as a result of the merger. American has hubs and focus cities at Chicago O'Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York John F. Kennedy (JFK), and US Airways at Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington National.