If the parent companies of American Airlines and US Airways merge into a single entity — as is being reported — the new airline would be the third-largest carrier based in Kansas City International Airport, trailing Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines.
According to reports, the merger between US Airways Group Inc. and AMR Corp. is valued between $10.5 billion to $11 billion and would create the world’s largest airline. The deal is expected to be finalized sometime this week.
Southwest accounted for 39.2 percent of all boardings at KCI in 2012, according to the Kansas City Aviation Department. Delta accounted for 17.4 percent. With current flight offerings, the American-US Airways combination would control 13.7 percent of KCI’s outbound flights.