As our industry seeks consolidation through mergers and acquisitions, I can't help but speculate what may ultimately happen to regional and commuter airlines. As the legacy and LCC carrier seek to combine, it only stands to reason that the smaller carriers must follow suit to reduce gross overcapacity in their sector.
Even some wholly-owned regionals (i.e. Pinnacle, Comair, Piedmont) are redundant with independent commuters. As the industry consolidates, and certain regional carriers consolidate and/or eliminate, could we eventually see an environment where the likes of Independence Air could potentially flourish, but with more of a P2P route network?
Let's see what regionals we have flying around in the US alone:
Compass (to be launched)
Something's gotta give.
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