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Feb 14, 2013 10:16 AM by Associated Press

Phoenix officials hope merger means long-term gain

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix officials say it hopes the planner merger of US Airways and American Airlines will eventually mean more international flight connections for the city's Sky Harbor International Airport.

City officials say they expect no major changes immediately from the merger, which would put the headquarters of the combined airline in Dallas.

That's where American is now based. US Airways' headquarters is in Tempe.

US Airways has about 250-300 departures daily from Sky Harbor's Terminal 4, while American Airlines has only 20, operating out of Terminal 3.

Mayor Greg Stanton says US Airways have been clear in talks with him that Phoenix is critically important and that the merger airline will keep the Sky Harbor as a hub.

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