"The industry continues to be far too fragmented... The result is far too many hubs across the nation and far too many seats competing for those same passengers," Parker said. He also stated that the Delta-Northwest merger was a good thing, since it went pretty far in helping to simplify the industry, but that it wasn't enough: the industry needs to get smaller if it wants to become profitable.
Who could US Airways potentially merge with? The first option that people seem to mention is United. The airlines tried to merge back in 2000, but this was rejected on antitrust grounds; United and US Airways talked last year about a merger once again, but this time United walked away. Nothing has been ruled out between the two airlines in the future, though. American could be a good fit for the airline, too. And even if US Airways doesn't end up merging, the fact remains that capacity needs to be further cut for airlines to stay afloat during these tough economic times.
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