U.S. congress worries American Airlines merger will cut service to small markets
The one area where U.S. politicians do understand consumers is air travel. When 500 + people need to get back to their districts on a regular basis they know what it’s like to have to make multiple connections to get home.
Excerpt from FareCompare
You may have noticed recent news reports about Congressional unhappiness over the American Airlines/US Airways merger. Some suggested that this grousing – over the possible loss of non-stop flights between representatives’ districts and Washington’s Reagan Airport - is nothing more than political whining over personal inconvenience. That could be part of it, but not all.
There is genuine concern about a potential loss of routes to and from smaller cities, and maybe even higher airfares – what one senator called “the creep of consolidation that threatens consumers” – but these worries are nothing new.