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UPDATE: American Airlines and US Airways announce merger


It's official: American Airlines and US Airways are merging.  The $11-billion deal will create the world's largest airline, but it will be several months -- if not years -- before passengers see any significant impact.

American's parent company is under bankruptcy protection, so a court will have to approve the deal.  Shareholders of US Airways also need to sign off on it -- as do the Department of Transportation and the Justice Department.

Even then, the new company could operate as two separate airlines for years.

American operates American Eagle, Sioux Gateway Airport's only carrier.  Airport Director Curt Miller says the merger would not mean any changes locally.

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