The merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways should help Watertown International Airport, according to a Jefferson County legislator.
On Tuesday, the airlines announced plans to merge under the name American Airlines. The new, combined airline will offer flights to 300 destinations and will be the largest airline in the U.S.
"We're certainly hoping that it will open new doors to secure other destinations and more aircraft," said Barry Ormsby, chairman of the county legislature's airport committee.
An American Airlines subsidiary, American Eagle, already offers service to Chicago, which has dramatically increased the use of the airport over the last year.
Ormsby believes the merger may mean flights from Watertown to "Charlotte or Dallas and Washington DC, Atlanta.
"Something going south would be a good compliment to the service we have to Chicago right now."
Travelers at the airport Friday agreed.
"Anytime they can improve the service in here, it's a great idea," said Howard Reeder.
Ormsby said he expects it will be later this year before any flights are added or other changes are made.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016, Watertown, NY
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