5/14/2010

The proposed merger of Continental Airlines and United Airlines "offers an opportunity to rethink long-held assumptions about what the industry needs," USA TODAY declares in an editorial debate. Noting that competition from discount carriers will help to keep costs down, the paper concludes that "fliers might be better off with fewer, stronger carriers rather than a bunch of sickly ones." But Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., takes the opposite view, arguing that allowing legacy airlines to merge into "three global megacarriers" would "Balkanize the domestic market." It's time for the Justice Department to "put an end to this merger madness," writes Oberstar, who is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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