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Merger headwinds

The Justice Department, joined by attorneys general from six states — including Florida — filed suit Tuesday to block the proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways, which would create the world's largest airline. US Airways and American are the third- and fifth-largest carriers at Tampa International Airport, respectively; Southwest and Delta are the top two. But a merger of the two airlines would have made the combined company Tampa's second-largest carrier, with a total market share of 19.6 percent. Both airlines share Airside F but fly different routes, so Tampa International officials expected a potential merger would have caused a minimum of turmoil at the airport and hoped there would be no loss of flights.

Outbound and inbound TIA passengers, 2013, through June

1. Southwest 27.6%

2. Delta 16.6%

3. US Airways 10.8%

4. AirTran 9.1%

5. American 8.8%

6. United 8.1%

7. JetBlue 7.7%

8. Continental 3%

9. Spirit 2.7%

(Remaining airlines had market share of 2% or less)

Source: Tampa International Airport

Merger headwinds 08/14/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 9:20pm]
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