Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog

Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Thursday, February 14, 2013

American Airlines/US Air Merger

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

The merger between American Airlines and US Air has been announced.  I think that you will worry more about how often you will get a seat upgrade than you will if the American Airlines/US Air merger will be blocked on antitrust grounds. There are few direct overlaps. Given that DOJ allowed United/Continental, Delta/Northwest, and Southwest/AirTran in recent years, I think that this merger will go through. Maybe the parties will need to give up some slots.

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