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Few local changes likely as airlines merge

The $11 billion merger agreement between American Airlines and US Airways is not expected to have a major impact at Logan International Airport in the near term, but with one fewer legacy carrier in the game, following three other mergers in the past five years, the industry would become even less competitive, driving down choices and potentially driving up prices.

The long-anticipated deal, announced by the companies Thursday, would create the world’s largest airline. The company will operate under the American Airlines name and will be based at American’s headquarters in Fort Worth with a major presence at the US Airways hub in Phoenix.

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