Competition is good

Milwaukee has had 14 consecutive months of record traffic and if you ever doubted whether or not airline competition in a market is good, you should get over that.

Airtran, Frontier and Southwest have all been battling it out there and it has been good for passengers and businesses alike.  Yes, there is such a thing as too much competition but in this case we’ll see Southwest rationalize with Airtran and Milwaukee will continue to benefit from two airlines who want their business.

Markets with healthy traffic are always marked by health competition.  Witness what it is like in NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago and even Atlanta.  Now consider what it is like in places like DFW, Cleveland, Houston and Cincinatti. 

I’ve no objection to airlines earning a profit and you shouldn’t either.  But strong competition keeps airlines lean and well managed.  It’s notable that American Airlines probably experiences the least competition overall among the SuperLegacy airlines and is also the least healthy.

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One Response to “Competition is good”

  1. It’s notable that American Airlines probably experiences the least competition overall among the SuperLegacy airlines and is also the least healthy.

    My theory is that no other airline, SuperLegacy or otherwise, wants to reduce its efficiency and customer satisfaction levels to the point where they’d be competing with AA on a level field.

    -R

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