US House of Representatives Transportation Committee Chairman James Oberstar (D-Minn.) cautioned last week in a letter to the US Dept. of Justice that the Southwest Airlines-AirTran Airways merger could severely damage the famous "Southwest effect" that keeps fares low at airports in which SWA operates through the LCC's exertion of "competitive discipline on network carriers." In calling for DOJ to "rigorously" review the antitrust implications of the ...

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