Airline buzz: Merged America-U.S. Airways benefits TIA; Lopano name emerges in DFW CEO talk
Tampa International Airport would benefit in the American Airlines-U.S. Airways merger. TIA CEO Joe Lopano, shown above announcing TIA's landing a flight to Switzerland with Edelweiss Air, lately has been mentioned in the local Texas media as a potential candidate to head Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. (Tampa Bay Times photo)
Wake up and good morning. There's a particular benefit to Tampa International Airport in the expected merger of American Airlines parent AMR Corp. and U.S. Airways, a deal that would create the world's largest carrier.
The new American would "suddenly become a major player" at TIA, says this Wall Street Journal story, as well as at Boston, New York's LaGuardia Airport and Reagan National Airport serving Washington, D.C.
In related news, the Fort Worth Star Telegram offers up a story about the coming retirement of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport CEO Jeff Fegan, who was TIA CEO Joe Lopano's boss for many years in Texas. The reporter reached out to Lopano and asked him if he might be interested in the position. Lopano, the story said, declined to comment. This follows a Jan. 13 article in the same newspaper suggesting Lopano's experience could make him a candidate to succeed Fegan.
TIA handled about 17 million passengers in 2011 while Dallas/For worth saw closer to 58 million.
-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times