Airline merger to have a small impact at Logan
The merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines would create the largest carrier in the world, but it won't have a big impact on Boston passengers.
As it stands now, the combined airline would be the fifth largest at Logan International Airport, with just over 13 percent of the market share. The top airline at Logan is JetBlue Airways, with an 18.5 percent share.
"People in Boston should see minimal effects on where they can fly," said airline analyst Michael Friedman. The two airlines don't have any overlapping routes out of Logan. United flies mainly west from Boston - with 27 daily nonstop departures to Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. Continental has 17 daily nonstop departures to Newark, Cleveland, and Houston.
But the merger may eventually lead to fewer flights and slightly higher fares, Friedman said, as the combined carrier reduces capacity on less profitable routes and other airlines follow suit, especially with fuel prices on the rise.
Logan officials could not immediately be reached for comment.