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Southwest Airlines Will Buy AirTran

submitted on September 27, 2010 by HouTex in "Stores / Merchants"
Southwest Airlines will buy smaller rival AirTran Airways for $1.4 billion, in a merger of low-cost carriers whose impact will be felt from fares to the number of flights available to millions of passengers. The merger continues a trend of airline consolidation.

According to USA Today, ( )
The deal stunned some travel experts, who said the union of Southwest and AirTran would force up fares now that leading low-cost carriers are uniting rather competing. And other airlines will likely be forced to consolidate to survive, further reducing alternatives for fliers.

"This is truly a shocker, and it can only mean further consolidation," says George Hobica, founder of "I don't think anyone really saw this coming. More than any recent merger, it spells bad news for low fares, since both airlines were leaders in the low fare space and had frequent, almost weekly, sales. I can only imagine that now pressure is on for American to find a partner, and also US Airways, and that will lead to even less fare competition."

Here are the 107 airports served by Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways, according to their September schedules.

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    3 1 1
    Posted by vectra5 on September 27, 2010
    [reply] 4 0
    hmmm... less competition...higher fares...
  • 81243
    Posted by HouTex on September 29, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Here are the answers to 7 questions regarding changes in policy after the merger:

    1. 2 bags will fly free (like Southwest)

    2. All seating will be unassigned (like Southwest)

    3. No more change fees (was $75 at AirTran)

    4. No more business class, only coach (like Southwest)

    5. Reward Miles programs will be merged

    6. No more AirTran flights from DFW, Southwest operates only from Dallas' Love Field

    7. May take 2 years to finalize the merger, so each will operate as normal until then

    details at
  • 83251
    Posted by mommyshops on October 13, 2010
    [reply] 1 0
    Flying over 100,000 miles a year for business like I do, I can honestly say that Southwest and Airtran are both garbage airlines. Their on time records absolutely suck. I can't see how this merger in any way will benefit the traveling public other than to further reduce quality of service, and drive the already outrageous cost of flying upwards...

    Just like United and Continental.. They still haven't figured out when/if they are going to merge my frequent flier accounts together, between the two airlines I have over 500,000 miles in my accounts.. =(... SAD
    • vectra5
      3 1 1
      Posted by vectra5 on October 13, 2010
      [reply] 1 0
      which airlines are you most impressed with?

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