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Merger of United and Continental airlines could push flight prices up
Two American carriers have agreed a £2billion merger deal that will see them form the world's biggest airline. United and Continental Airlines - soon to be known as United Airlines - control around 7 per cent of routes worldwide and a fifth of all U.S. flights.
The new carrier will fly 144million passengers to 370 destinations in 59 countries across the globe. But last night there were fears the merger will mean higher ticket prices and less choice for passengers.
United is one of just four carriers, along with Virgin, British Airways and American Airlines, that operate the lucrative transatlantic routes out of Heathrow.
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