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American-US Air merger could leave door open for Southwest

Southwest Airlines took over the St. Louis market a few years ago and the same thing could happen in Phoenix, thanks to the merger between US Airways and American Airlines, said Tom Parsons with

The new American Airlines will downsize flights in and out of Sky Harbor and that leaves Southwest with a golden opportunity.

"There's always been a dogfight between America West/US Airways and Southwest," said Parsons. "Southwest will look very seriously at making Sky Harbor a very good connecting point and keeping the number of flights up."

Parsons said both American and Southwest should be concerned with an up-and-coming airline at Gateway: Spirit Airlines is making huge strides in Dallas and Houston right now.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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