U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Tuesday he has received assurances from U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker that the U.S. Airways-American Airlines merger won't impact ticket prices, jobs and service in upstate New York.
Schumer asked Parker questions about the merger at the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights hearing on Tuesday. He asked Parker if he would commit to keeping U.S. Airways and American Airlines jobs in New York and if the companies would maintain service at every location throughout New York serviced by both airlines.
Parker's response to both questions? Yes, according to Schumer.
"The merger between US Airways and American should only be cleared for take-off if we are sure it will not mean higher airfares, less service, or a reduction in New York jobs," Schumer said Tuesday. "Today's commitment from U.S. Airways CEO Parker demonstrates the company's strong commitment to upstate New York air routes and jobs. However, actions speak louder than words, and I will fight to ensure that regular, affordable and reliable air service to and from regional airports like Buffalo, Albany, Rochester, Binghamton, Watertown or Westchester, are not sacrificed as the merger negotiations move forward."
Schumer said last month that he would be "watching like a hawk" to make sure the merger would not affect jobs and service in upstate New York.
Read more about Tuesday's hearing here.