Montgomery Airport reacts to AA bankruptcy

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Regional Airport is reacting to news that the parent company of American Airlines has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Lynn Cox, a spokeswoman for the airport, issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying there are no short term effects from the filing.

She said it is too soon to know exactly how the bankruptcy filing will affect Montgomery Regional in the long term.

"The one thing we do know is that if the flying public will continue to fly American Eagle from Montgomery, it will help to keep service at the level it is now," she said.

American Eagle offers direct flights from Montgomery to Dallas-Fort Worth.

AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle, blamed the high price of fuel and expensive labor contracts for its decision to file.

American said it would continue to operate normally while in the bankruptcy process. The company's frequent flyer miles program would not be affected, but that restructuring will probably mean the reduction of flights and some jobs.

CLICK HERE to read about details surrounding American's bankruptcy filing.

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