Rep. Oberstar aims to derail proposed United-Continental merger

05/24/2010 | Travel Weekly

Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., failed in his effort to prevent Delta from merging with Northwest, but his determination to thwart consolidation in the industry might pay off as he takes aim at the proposed United-Continental merger. "He's a ranking Democrat, and that's the game in town right now," said analyst Darryl Jenkins, founder of the Airline Zone. "The political appointees, at the end of the day are the ones who make the decisions, and they can be swayed by people like him."

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