It looks as if the future of aviation could be filled with mergers. As we all know, there is no benefit to a merger (except upper management). Jobs are lost, the combined airline usually is never as big as the 2 airlines apart were (as competition is eliminated), hubs are eliminated and fares go up.
Some airlines thoughts:
Steenland and other airline CEOs have signaled that the industry could be on the verge of a new round of mergers that might swallow up Northwest
United Airlines’ CEO Glenn Tilton said last week that he expects the airline industry to consolidate in order to survive the competitive environment and lower air fares.
The chief executive of Delta Air Lines said Tuesday a merger could be in the best interest of the nation’s third-largest carrier
My question: What mergers are most probable?
side question: Can any of the legacy carries merge (with all the antitrust issues of big carries)?