Sources confirmed US Airways and American Airlines have reached a deal to merge and create the world's largest airline. The formal announcement is expected Thursday. Some travelers are concerned.
"A lot of times it's cheaper to come to Charlotte than fly out of Roanoke," Karen Wofford said.
Wofford drives all the way to Charlotte from Virginia to fly out of the major hub. She's worried about fares. "We'd like to see them come on down," Wofford said.
Travel expert Gary Silverstein told Eyewitness News he certainly doesn't see any price cuts any time soon, but he also doesn't think we'll see any increases in the short term either. Plus, he doesn't think Charlotte's hub status is going anywhere.
"They always tout how low-cost our airport is," Gary Silverstein, who co-owns Mann Travels, said. "Airlines love this airport, and I don't see much change there. Hopefully we'll be getting more flights."
That's good for an airport that has lured businesses to the Queen City. The former head of Chiquita also told Eyewitness News he doesn't believe Charlotte is in any danger.
"I would suspect whoever runs the new airline would have to question other airports that may not be as cost-effective and profitable as Charlotte is," said Fernando Aguirre, the former Chiquita CEO.
As far as frequent-flier miles, it will likely be months before the frequent-flier programs are combined. The merger will also need to be approved by the Justice Department.