CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, D-NC, announced Tuesday that she received a letter from US Airways CEO Doug Parker assuring her that Charlotte Douglas International Airport will remain a hub following US Airways' merger with American Airlines.
Throughout the merger process, Sen. Hagan has sought reassurances that the airport, which currently services 649 US Airways flights a day and is the world's 7th busiest airport, would not be downgraded.
She once again raised her concerns following a recent GAO report on the proposed merger that speculated Miami could possibly become the primary Southeast hub for the new combined airline.
"Charlotte Douglas Airport is one of the most efficient and cost-effective airports in the country, and I am committed to protecting the interests of its travelers and workers," said Senator Hagan. "Throughout the merger process, I have repeatedly sought assurances from both parties involved that Charlotte Douglas would retain its hub status, and I am pleased to once again hear from CEO Doug Parker that Charlotte will play a key role in the new American Airlines."
"Miami is a strong local market and a fabulous gateway to Latin America. But there is no way it could replace our Charlotte hub with its ideal geographic location, strong local market, excellent infrastructure, and competitive costs," wrote US Airways CEO Doug Parker, who will run the new American Airlines.
In the Senate, Hagan has been a strong supporter of Charlotte Douglas Airport. In addition to cosponsoring a resolution to prevent FAA furloughs and reduce travel wait times, Hagan recently led the North Carolina congressional delegation in pressing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to approve US Airways' application for continued service from Charlotte to Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was announced last week that the application has been granted preliminary approval.