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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 1:33 pm | Updated: 5:27 pm, Fri Mar 22, 2013.

PHOENIX — City and airline officials say fears that the Phoenix airport would lose its major US Airways hub when it merges with American Airlines are overblown.

US Airways CEO Doug Parker says Sky Harbor International Airport and the vast majority of the employees based there aren't going anywhere when the two companies merge. Instead, he said Thursday he expects Sky Harbor and the combined airlines' seven other major hubs will stay.

That's good news for Arizona, where many feared the merger with American's Fort Worth, Texas-based parent company ARM Corp., likely meant Phoenix would lose thousands of jobs.

US Airways has about 9,000 employees in Arizona, most at Sky Harbor. Between 600-750 work at the company's headquarters in nearby Tempe. A spokesman says many of those will be staying.

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