I've been reading the thread about the problems with the merger between Canadian and Air Canada, and I have a couple of questions.
1. Why is there an assumption that service will get any better when the merger is complete? The new Air Canada will have a virtual monopoly on a lot of routes. Economics class taught me that not much good ever came out of a monopoly (higher prices, lower quality, etc.) I saw some discussion about WestJet, and I assume it is an alternative on some markets.
2. Do Canadian citizens care that their choice for air travel will be limited in the future? Living in California, I don't get a lot of Canadian news, so I don't know how this merger has been accepted by the public. California has a few more people than Canada, but there are no fewer than 4 airlines flying intra-California routes. I'd be pretty pissed if my choices were suddenly limited to 1.
3. Will there ever be truly open skies between the U.S. and Canada, where I'd have the opportunity to fly Air Canada from LAX-ORD, and someone living in Vancouver could fly Southwest to Calgary?
4. Why do all Canadian cities' airport codes begin with the letter Y? It is annoying...