Oberstar wants "rigorous scrutiny" of Southwest-AirTran deal

10/11/2010 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The

The chairman of the House Transportation Committee is urging "the most rigorous scrutiny" for Southwest Airlines' proposed acquisition of fellow discount carrier AirTran Airways. In a letter to the Justice Department, Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., warns that "the U.S. airline industry will be continuing down the path of consolidation, which, I strongly believe, will lead to less service, higher prices, and fewer choices for consumers." Southwest has argued that its new Atlanta service -- planned as part of the takeover -- will save consumers some $200 million annually.

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