GAO says AA/US merger will reduce competition in any airports

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    The report found that 1,665 routes between cities would lose one competitor as a result of the merger, affecting more than 53 million passengers. A new competitor would be created in 210 routes, affecting 17.5 million passengers. The report added, however, that the great majority of those markets still had “effective competitors.”
    When United and Continental merged, 1,114 routes between cities lost one competitor, the report said.
    American and US Air have said that the merger would affect only a limited number of airports, noting that the two carriers overlapped on only 12 nonstop routes. The analysis by the G.A.O., however, also considers connecting routes with at least one stop.
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