U.S. airline mergers: What's the upside?

  • Article by: Star Tribune Editorial Board
  • Updated: April 1, 2013 - 8:18 PM

Credit Klobuchar for questioning impact of American-US Airways deal.

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borisbadenovApr. 1, 13 9:15 PM

There is no upside except on the price of a ticket. Even with that the government needs to stay out of the marketplace. New airlines like Spirit are bringing new routes and lower prices to MSP.

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Lifeguard06Apr. 1, 1310:11 PM

I can commute to work easier once the USAirways American Airlines merger is completed. No more asking delta for rides when I can just fly my own airline from Fargo.

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jdlellis1Apr. 1, 1310:16 PM

The reality is that technology will keep mega airlines at bay. Advances in engine design, aircraft design, fuel efficiencies will allow for more point to point regional and national airlines to emerge and thrive while the mega-airlines will move to competing internationally for the long haul flights.

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jdlellis1Apr. 1, 1310:16 PM

The reality is that technology will keep mega airlines at bay. Advances in engine design, aircraft design, fuel efficiencies will allow for more point to point regional and national airlines to emerge and thrive while the mega-airlines will move to competing internationally for the long haul flights.

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comment229Apr. 2, 13 5:31 AM

I used to like to fly. The thought of endless hours in the car compared to a few hours of no leg room, was acceptable. Now, I just tend to stay home. I won't go into the reasons. You know what they are. And that is where I will end, because I don't have to travel and hope the best for everyone that has to fly. I had two favorite airlines, and both are long gone and when you eliminate competition in this industry, only bad things happen for the consumer. Don't believe me? Compare your flying experience from the 1970's and 80's by closing your eyes, and thinking about it. See the smile on your face? Then wake up and think about that trip you are going to take today.

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texas_technomanApr. 2, 13 5:40 AM

Comparing AA, Delta, United to Southwest is an unfair comparison. Southwest has succeeded by providing exceptional service / price....not by becoming a monopoly.

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barbjensApr. 2, 13 7:46 AM

The Deregulation was a mistake. Had a conversation with a pilot a few years ago and he agreed. It is like taking away the competition in stores -- No Target, no Macy, no Kohls, etc, etc. We need competition in the airline industry and we are not getting it without a real struggle from some "small" airlines trying to get a start and not get "gobbled" up by the BIG guys.

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owatonnabillApr. 2, 13 7:59 AM

Owatonnabill use a phrase "swallowed by the monster". The "monster" is the entire air-travel system and the mega-airlines are just one part of it. From the second you step out of your car at the Park-&-Fly or airport parking lot until it spits you out at the other end, you're at the mercy of the monster. You go where the monster tells you, do what the monster tells you to do, put up with whatever the monster decides to throw at you, and smile while you pay more and more for the privilege of being abused by the monster. Boorish gate personnel, TSA personnel drunk with the imagined power their uniform gives them, filthy restrooms and public areas (MSP isn't bad in this regard but the public areas in many large terminals are horrible)...getting aboard is bad enough. All for the privilege of being shoehorned into a spam can where you get to breathe kerosene fumes from the antiquated DC-10 ahead of you in line or the body-wash odor from the person next to you that you swear came from Al's quick-lube and body wash emporium. And guess what? Mergers kill competition, and without competition this type of thing will only get worse. There is no place in the contiguous United States that you can't reach in a car in two days and much more cheaply than if you're flying, plus there's a whole lot to be said for the freedom of operating on your schedule instead of theirs. No thanks. Owatonnabill and the monster have parted ways.

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tork747Apr. 2, 13 9:40 AM

American Airlines isn't swallowing US Air. It's the other way around. AA is in bankruptcy protection and US is the vulture plucking them up at a bargin price. US Air is keeping the American Airlines name and logo while dumping theirs for marketing reasons. Name recognition and brand familiarity being key.

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FrankLApr. 2, 1310:55 AM

This has been going on for decades, airlines merge and new ones start up. The problem is that there have been a lot fewer new airlines starting up. My guess is that it is because the majors have become so lean that there is no way for an upstart to have lower prices and still make a profit.

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