Minnesota senators question effects of airline merger on heartland

  • Article by: Kevin Diaz , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 19, 2013 - 9:40 PM

Klobuchar leads Senate inquiry of proposed US Airways-American Airlines consolidation.

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texas_technomanMar. 20, 13 3:52 AM

Waste of time at this point. Where were they when NWA/Delta merged, United merged, etc. The answer they are searching for is: Post merger you get less service and higher prices. Ask the small towns that were affected when Northwest and Republic merged...sort of a no brainer if you ask me.

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lhicks1Mar. 20, 13 4:09 AM

The Delta/NWA merger worked so well for MN, where you can now fly to TX via SLC, or PHX via ATL. We lost most of our nonstop choices. We'll be paying $1,000 RT to anywhere more than 1,000 air-miles from MSP after this goes through.

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jcinmnMar. 20, 13 5:16 AM

Better late than never? After Delta (rather it's subsidiary) cancelled service to many smaller cities in Northern Minnesota.This should have been asked several years ago when Delta and Northwest proposed their merger. Do American or US Air serve any rural MN airports?

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barbjensMar. 20, 13 6:49 AM

The "De-Regulaton" of the airlines was the beginning of the downslide of availability to many people. The service is worse and the charges continue to go to pricing everything. How can you charge for luggage? You would think that it goes along with anyone traveling. It it becoming a Monopoly and the public has no chance.

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yardboyMar. 20, 13 6:50 AM

Hundreds of good paying jobs were lost in Mpls./St. Paul area, airfares went up, and many upper Midwest cities either lost or had service reduced because of the Delta/Northwest merger. Why does anyone need to waste the time and money doing studies when we already know what the effects are for the consumer when these mergers are allowed to take place? We are already 5-weeks into this announced merger, so Amy and Al’s current actions appear to be a little late and nothing more than window dressing. As Sen. Cruz mentioned, this merger looks like a done deal.

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mn2niceMar. 20, 13 7:51 AM

Competition is a double edged sword, because it is vital to the survival of any one airline, but it also has resulted in airlines discontinuing service to cities deemed to not be profitable. We had the chance 10 to 20 years ago to start filling in the gaps in air service to smaller communtieis with rail, but no one was watching the trend. So-called competition has not benefitted the consumer. It now costs over $400 to fly one way to MSP from Duluth, a 160-mile trip. Cities like Rochester and Duluth are served by just one or two airlines, and then, as for Duluth, each airline goes to just one city (United to Chicago, and Delta to MSP). And DOT's solution is to push for a train which will travel at an average speed of 75 mph between the two cities. What a joke!

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Megafrog001Mar. 20, 13 8:27 AM

I am completely opposed to this merger. This will cost jobs, decrease service and raise costs. The only ones who this is good for are the executives who will get massive payouts.

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jonjohnMar. 20, 13 9:18 AM

It's laughable to see people complaining about the cost of an airline ticket. I can remember buying round trip tickets over 30 years ago from MN to FL for around $200.00 on Ozark. At the time, gas was about 50 cents a gallon. A passenger today; if they shop a bit, and buy in advance - can still make the same trip for the same price or less. Considering jet fuel has more than quadrupled, it's amazing airlines make any money at all.

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jackpinesavMar. 20, 13 9:37 AM

Hearing reminds me of the hearings with lineups of auto makers, bankers and oil company execs claiming no harm, no foul. Same thing with health care insurance execs. Free markets apparently are NOT!

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jbhall56Mar. 20, 1312:30 PM

As lhicks1 pointed out, it's getting harder and harder to avoid DTW, ATL and SLC in order to get anywhere. Delta is supposedly revamping the G concourse. If I were a betting man, I would say in a few years Delta will have the G concourse and the rest of the main terminal will be empty just like Saint Louis and Kansas City.

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