Justice Department investigating potential airline collusion

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  1. NYCUA1K

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    WASHINGTON — A document obtained by The Associated Press shows the Justice Department is investigating whether airlines are colluding to grow at a slower pace as part of an effort to keep airfares high.

    The government has requested information from airlines as part of the antitrust investigation.

    Justice Department spokeswoman Emily Pierce confirmed Wednesday that the department was investigating potential “unlawful coordination” among some airlines. She declined to comment further, including about which airlines are being investigated

    As a result of a series of mergers starting in 2008, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines now control more than 80 percent of the seats in US skies. They have eliminated unprofitable flights, filled a higher percentage of seats on planes and worked to slow growth in order to command higher airfares.

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    If that is the feeling at DOJ/FAA, the reign of the US Big Three might be short-lived....
     
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    This doesn't sound good...:oops:
     
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    After FIFA, its time the DOJ got to real bread-n-butter issues like trashing our travel experiences. :)
     
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    At least they're investigating I'd give them that...go look at Ex-Canadian domestic fares particularly...
     
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    Wasn't reducing capacity and redundancy in the route network part of the rationale for the mergers? DOJ approved the mergers. The outcome was a foregone conclusion.
     
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    I doubt it. What are the legacies going to do, not interline with WN? (They don't). Add service to DAL and HOU? (They mostly can't).
     
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    With 25% if every dollar being used by the Government, it might become a good time to look at the public being overcharge for services provided, and excess salaries,

    Nothing like smoke and mirrors, to confuse the readers..
     
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    Exactly. That's why I really thought he was doing a grandstand rather than making sound arguments.
     

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