Airline Consolidation? Hell No

The chairman of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure says a merged Delta-Northwest or United-Continental would hurt consumers

Mergers in the airline industry are nothing new. Most of the air carriers flying today are the products of one or more mergers over the past three decades or so. Yet this latest round of rumored mergers, which includes a United (UAUA)-Continental (CAL) scenario, as well as a Delta (DAL)-Northwest (NWA) combination, is significant. It would mean further consolidation in the airline industry, further reductions in choice for consumers, and probably fewer flights, fewer jobs, and higher fares.

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