JOPLIN, MO.--- The U.S. Department of Justice has approved a settlement for American Airlines and U.S. Airways to merge, which means the Joplin Regional Airport might be adding another flight. The airlines have been working on the merger since February, putting talks of an added flight between Joplin and Chicago on hold. Joplin Airport Manager Steve Stockam says the pending merger was a major road block in American Airlines ability to expand services, he hopes yesterday's approval means they can resume negotiations.
"Its been no secret that we've been working with American for over a year now, trying to get a Chicago connection started. And of course, basically we were being told until this merger issue was resolved they couldn't really do anything. Hopefully now that will open that door and we can begin those negotiations," said Steve Stockam, Joplin Airport Manager.
Stockam says the merger should be completed by the end of the year. The combined airline will have more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries.
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