The merger with US Airways announced today will make American Airlines the top carrier at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. According to current schedules and last year’s passenger counts, American and US Air have 32 percent of the RDU market, with 62 daily nonstop flights to 10 airports.
Delta will be RDU’s number-two carrier with a 27 percent share, followed by Southwest/AirTran at 24 percent, RDU says.
If airline executives focus their changes on eliminating duplicate American and US Air service, RDU travelers won’t notice much difference. The two carriers’ commuter partners, American Eagle and US Air Express, both offer flights from RDU to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.
Otherwise, there’s no overlap in service at RDU. ... [MORE]