Airline Merger Could Impact Costs

February 14, 2013 Updated Feb 14, 2013 at 7:40 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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February 14, 2013 Updated Feb 14, 2013 at 7:40 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - It's nearly a done deal -- American Airlines and US Airways are set to merge, forming the biggest airline in the world.

If approved, the nation's four biggest carriers -- America, Untied, Delta and Southwest will account for 86% of all air travel in this country.

US Airways has long been known for being the major airline to fly out of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Travel experts say this airline merger will bring some good changes for passengers, and possibly a few hassles too.

On the plus side, it could open up more flight options.

In the past, mergers have forced ticket prices up. Prices are expected to go up on some flights. However, overall travel experts tell Eyewitness News the cost of flying could go down.

Brian Murray, the Director of Travel for AAA in Western New York, says "While people look at less competition meaning higher air fares, we could actually see price wars in the end that benefit the passenger in the long run."

Some computer errors often occur with mergers, however they usual stick with airline employees and rarely trickle down to effect passengers.

The first step in the merger will be bring together frequent flyer miles.

It could still be months or even years before anyone starts to see signs of the merger.