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Delta Merger to Impact Dothan?

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

There may soon be a new world's biggest airline. Delta has struck a deal to take over Northwest, which would create an air carrier with a value of close to $18 billion dollars.

It may have an impact locally.

Lines are getting shorter at the Dothan Regional Airport.

Right now, the airport has been reduced to four commercial flights Sunday through Friday.

Those flights are exclusively with Delta Airlines.

"The price is going up in fares; people are [not] flying like before. Another thing is because of the reduction in the number of flights we have, I know we don't have as many options, like time of day. That's the two factors that contribute to our reduction in numbers," says Marketing Director for Dothan Regional Airport Authority Angela McNeal.

With the great chance of Delta merging with Northwest, the Dothan Regional Airport may see a change in its services.

"It's just a wait and see thing. Of course we hope to see our enplanements increase and to see our services improve," added McNeal.

Of course what you are probably concerned about is the cost for the flight.

McNeal says a merger may not directly impact Dothan’s costs, but it could change the services; services that could impact one-third of the customer base: the military.

"We have a lot of military travel with Fort Rucker. With this merger, you'll have more options if you're going abroad. So we're looking for that to really be a plus," concluded McNeal.

But ultimately, the goal will be to keep customers happy.

"I like it here, it's nice," says Sue Bernier, customer.

The Dothan Regional Airport carries around 120 people a day to Atlanta.


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