Deal to preserve flights from 6 Michigan airports

LANSING (AP) -- American Airlines and US Airways have agreed to continue daily flights from six Michigan airports for at least five years as part of a larger deal with the government over their planned merger. reports the combined airline will maintain service in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Marquette and Traverse City.

Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a statement that the agreement protects Michigan residents' access to reliable, competitive air transportation. The new airline would be able to discontinue service if demand changes significantly or in some other cases.

The settlement, announced Tuesday, lets the two airlines form the world's biggest airline. It's awaiting approval by a federal judge. Schuette spokeswoman Joy Yearout says it's too soon to tell how changes at other airports may impact Michigan service.

Published: Thu, Nov 14, 2013