Lindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 13 Posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1013 times:
Here's a subject that nobody has brought up on the forum to the best of my knowledge. A friend of mine told me that she has an airline exec friend today who believes that the outlook for the US airline industry is so grim that the government may ultimately have to renationalize and reregulate the surviving US airlines in order to preserve the US aviation and transport infrastructure. In other words, the government could have to intervene in a far more expansive manner than merely providing subsidies to ailing airlines.
The thought is a bit mind-boggling. I am not saying by any means that renationalization is imminent or even necessarily likely, but I would like to read the thoughts of my more knowledgeable colleagues in the forum on this possibility. Obviously, what I am offering is third-hand speculation, but I thought I'd bring up the topic.
Please contribute your thoughts. Best to all.
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 971 times:
I don't think that a move as drastic as reregulation is needed at this time. Financial support, definitely, but I think that regulation of the industry would present more problems and do more actually the hurt the industry than help it, at least in the long run.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6442 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 922 times:
The US airline industry has never been nationalized. Heavily regulated, but NEVER nationalized.
I cannot foresee a time when full regulation will return. It would solve nothing. In fact, it would cause more headaches to the airlines and their customers.
I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.