In response to the Department of Justice's decision to block the US Airways-American Airlines merger, Airlines for America stated that the "financial viability of U.S. airlines is critical to their ability to provide service to consumers, whether connecting small communities to larger cities, or the U.S. to the world. In approving the last four airline mergers, the DOJ has found that consumers benefit from strong networks, improved efficiencies and new and increased service. Airfare remains an unmatched bargain as fares have not kept pace with inflation over time, and recent mergers have not changed that. Consumers win when airlines are strong, able to compete and reinvest in their business with new planes, products and destinations, including expanded service to small communities and internationally, which in turn creates jobs."
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