Over the past week, I keep thinking about a few things related to the US Government’s stance on the US Airways / American Airlines merger and, specifically, their cited concerns about the merger. Here they are in no particular order:
- The DoJ was remarkably absent when the Wright Amendment undoing was being done. Love Field Airport was essentially made a single airline airport . . . forever.
- American Airlines now controls the following terminals at DFW International Airport: Terminal A, Terminal B, Terminal C and parts of Terminal D. The remaining terminals available to other airlines are . . . Terminal E
- Delta . . . Atlanta . . . enough said.
- No one seems to be trying to preserve flights to and from small cities in other parts of the country but anyone who wants to remove silly flights into Reagan National is deemed a danger.
- Delta . . . Minneapolis . . . enough said.
- Delta . . . Detroit . . . enough said.
- United . . . Houston . . . stranglehold.
- Southwest . . . Love Field and Midway airports
By the mandate cited by the DoJ, the antitrust department would appear to have a strong duty to investigate and correct these defects as soon as possible.