The “new” American Airlines, which incorporates US Airways, has announced changes to its domestic route network. Under the terms of its recent agreement with the Department of Justice, American was mandated to divest 52 slot pairs at Ronald Reagan Washington-National Airport (DCA). The slot divestiture, which enabled American and US Airways to complete their merger, could have impacted flights between Manchester and Washington, DC.
On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, American Airlines released a list of 17 airports that will no longer receive year-round daily service to DCA. Through the combined efforts of the airport, the Governor’s office and the entire New Hampshire congressional delegation, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport will retain service to this important business hub.
Airport Director Mark Brewer commented, “New Hampshire is very fortunate to have such an engaged, collegial and supportive delegation of policy makers. We are profoundly grateful to New Hampshire’s federal delegation and Governor’s office for writing letters of support seeking to protect this highly coveted service. These flights are important to business and leisure travelers alike and provide an essential link to our nation’s capital.