Medford airport has set sights on newly merged American Airlines

What are the chances that Medford gets a flight or two from American Airlines now that they have merged with US Airways? Seems like "the world's biggest airline" should serve MFR.

— James H., Ashland

Now that the legal opposition has been stowed, the new American Airlines Group Inc. is cleared for takeoff. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

The merger between US Airways and American Airlines officially was completed Monday, Dec. 9. The new, expanded network will offer about 6,700 flights daily to destinations in more than 50 countries, according to an American Airlines news release.

It's too early, James, to say whether one of those destinations will be our own MFR, but Medford airport Director Bern Case is optimistic.

"They are one our targeted airlines, and we have had conversations with them and believe that sometime in the future we'll see service with them," he said.

Currently, the Medford airport is serviced by four airlines: Alaska Air Group Inc. (the parent company for Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines), United Express, Delta Connection and Allegiant.

After American West merged with US Airways in 2005, flights were added to the MFR roster, but then the economy plunged and US Airways withdrew service.

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