Wednesday, November 13 2013, 09:27 PM MST
Major Airline Merger May Soon Affect Prices
(KUTV) A merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways has created the world's largest airline.
You may recall that American and U.S. Airways have been trying to merge for some time, but the justice department stepped in and put an end to the deal because they said it would be bad for consumers and impossible for competitors.
On Wednesday the Department of Justice gave the merger the green light, so what will it mean for travelers?
Less than a decade ago, nine major airlines crisscrossed the skies, but the industry has gone through merger, after merger, after merger. With this new deal, only four major airlines would remain.
Kaplan says prices could go up on routes where American and U.S. Airways went head to head, since that competition would disappear. He says fares could drop at 7 major airports where, under the justice department agreement, the two airlines will have to sell their take-off and landing slots to low cost carriers
Completion of the merger is still subject to the approval of the settlements by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and certain other conditions. The companies now expect to complete the merger in December 2013.
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