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Posted: 12:22 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s transportation summit got underway Friday.Top state and local officials are talking about the future of Charlotte roads, rail and airport.Since the American, US Airways merger was announced; US Airways has said it’s keeping it hub in Charlotte, despite some speculation on cuts.On Friday, a top vice president gave Channel 9 two reasons why Charlotte has nothing to worry about.Mike Minerva with US Airways took the stage with the head of Charlotte’s airport, Jerry Orr.Minerna said once US Airways merges with American Airlines, which is expected to happen by fall, the new airlines will have nearly 10,000 employees in North Carolina.He said they are “anchored” to Charlotte-Douglas Airport, the airline’s biggest hub. He gave two reasons as explanation.They have a lot of maintenance facilities in Charlotte where planes get upkeep and repairs, sometimes overnight.Also, they have just invested $3 million into upgrading their crew room at the airport.“We don’t expect any changes there. Any changes we think will be in the nature of growth, not reduction,” Minerva said.Channel 9 asked Minerva about Southwest Airlines adding service at Charlotte-Douglas this weekend, and what US Airways thinks about the competition.Get the full story at 5 p.m. on Channel 9.
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