Deregulate Europe's Skies, Too? Leave Bad Enough Alone

Regarding "Free European carriers from U.S. barriers" (Editorials, Dec. 9): Even those airlines that have so far survived deregulation would be severely--if not mortally--hurt if foreign airlines, almost all of which are owned or subsidized by their governments, were to start going head-to-head with U.S. airlines on our domestic routes.As we begin to address the issues of globalization, let's keep in mind the lessons we learned from past mistakes. The 1980s were extremely painful for U.S. airline employees. Almost all major-airline pilots working today have suffered through the disruptions caused by mergers, and a significant proportion of those pilots have had at least one of their carriers go bankrupt.

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