American-US Airways mergers would make passengers happier, carriers healthier

08/19/2013 | Reuters

According to U.S. government data, average air fares are lower than they were 15 years ago when adjusted for inflation but over the past six years, they have shown modest increases primarily because of a 40% hike in the cost of fuel. George Hobica, president of AirfareWatchdog, said if American Airlines and US Airways merged, the combination would benefit both carriers financially and ultimately make for happier passengers. "I think the benefit to consumers is that they'll be flying in newer planes and we won't see another bankruptcy," he said.

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