Bangor, Portland Direct Flights to D.C. Will Remain 

A direct flight from Bangor to Washington, D.C., will stay on the schedule, even in the wake of the merger of two major airlines.

U.S. Airways currently offers the D.C. flight out of Bangor International Airport, as well as out of Portland International Jetport.

The company is in the processing of combining with American Airlines.

The merger requires some of the airlines’ current flights to be dropped.

Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced the D.C. connections in Maine will stay in place.

Bangor’s airport director says that’s good news for travelers trying to get to more destinations.

Tony Caruso says, “That opens up our customers now to the American network. They were already well-served with the U.S. Airways network, but this just opens up certainly much more possibilities. And like I’ve been telling everybody, it’s all about access. Again, this gives certainly the Bangor Region greater access now.”

Caruso says the merger process is expected to take up to a year as both companies combine their equipment and workers.

The new company will keep the American Airlines name.