Airtran merges with Southwest

May 3, 2011, 6:47 am

Airtran, an Orlando based airline has been purchased by Southwest airlines. On Monday the two airlines received antitrust clearance to merge from the Justice Department. Southwest states that passengers who frequently use either airline will not see a difference in the next several months, as both will continue to operate as separate airlines. On the flip side, passengers we talked to worry about potential airfare increases.

“I think Southwest has done a very good job with keeping their prices low” said Mark Spruance, who flew Southwest with his family to Orlando from Connecticut. “But I’m not so sure that the merger will allow them to keep their prices low because it lowers competition.” Southwest flies to 72 locations in the United States. Airtran flies to 69. Combined, the airlines flew 110 million passengers last year.


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