Longer delays, more cancellations after airlines merge, study says

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    It would seem counter-intutive. I could see increased cancellations when competition decreases, but you'd think with fewer companies at an airport, delays should be lessened.
     
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    Fewer companies doesn't necessarily mean less traffic. The merged airline may have just as many flights as the two separated would have if the demand calls for it. The lack of competition breeds the lack of effort to differentiate, which results in delays and cancellations. Makes perfect sense to me.
     
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    You may be right.

    My thought was that with fewer companies, there should be less coordination confusion (or better internal organization) which should reduce delays, and with more planes the remaining company would have more resources (equipment) they could substitute in case of unexpected mechanical problems.

    On the other hand, reduced competition does lead to more sloppiness, which can result in more delays.
     
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