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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lack of competition causing airfares to soar

Have you checked out air fares recently? Sure fuel costs are up! How about the lack of competition? 

This is what really drives up prices! I tried to get a small group of 12 to Las Vegas out of Columbus OH…air choices were American, Delta, Southwest/Air Tran, United and USAir.

What will be the results of the proposed merger of  American & USAir? Less flights to choose from and higher prices on all carriers. 

The US government has raised objections to the merger citing at least 1700 city pair markets that see reduced flight. I am not a fan of big government but maybe they’ve got a point here! 

Airfares are a major price component in a tour or cruise getaway!
Do you agree or disagree?