Sunday, May 02, 2010

more airport angst..... up the turnpike

What a difference a week makes.... Sure is looking like the United-Continental merger is a done deal and will create the nation's biggest airline. There will be a lot of fallout once it happens, but the general consensus is that it will only put upward pressure on fares.  That generally follows from what is expected to be a decrease in the overall number of flights that generally results from such a merger.  Can't be good if the goal is to increase flights here or anywhere, but you never know how it will all work out. Second order effects can be surprising.

Clevelanders look to what it all may mean for their economy in general, but also for retail sales out at their airport. Wasn't there talk of moving the security barriers at our airport to the airside terminal which could have an impact on the retail biz out there?  I don't quite believe it is in the works, but anyone know the status or veracity of that?

That and it looks like Ohio may be looking to ante up to keep the combined airline from cutting flights up there. I really have a big Cleveburgh post building up inside of me..  two major airports two hours from each other; just can't be good if governments start throwing in fiscal incentives that will only work against each other in the end. 

Left at the altar I wonder what is up for USAirways?  Pretty good bet their name will be tossed into some other merger talk before too long.  Only news I see at the moment is that the USAirways CEO has taken a big pay cut.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrible news for Cleveland, and another mile marker on the road to economic irrelevance. The city will not be a hub in five years.

Sunday, May 02, 2010 11:14:00 PM  
Blogger Grimace said...

Hopefully in a few years we will have 3 airlines that collude to offer ridiculous fares...

Monday, May 03, 2010 8:59:00 AM  

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