Quote from Reuters:
Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Act, companies must not complete a merger until the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice determine that the transaction will not hurt competition.
The WN-FL merger may be one of the most obvious mergers to hurt competition. The competitive environment at MDW and similar at BWI both major focus cities for WN has become fortress hubs thanks to the DOJ. Te DOJ must have been aware of WN's previous takeover of ATA at MDW also an elimination of competition. This followed by closing of more than 20 cities even though WN stated in their filing they would grow shows a strong pattern. WN has significantly reduced capacity in many markets served out of those cities, and is massively down in cities like TPA who was down over 48,000 pax on FL/WN in April alone, and the rumor is that they will be announcing the reduction of another 10-12 daily flights there.
The figures at RSW are even more staggering.
Their merger appears to hurt the public in over 50 cities with fewer flights and increased fares.
That being said, it is what it is. Is there any chance what-so-ever that the government could say "no" to US-AA.
And if there were to say no, would that not lead to a massive law suit against the government for fraud and coruption. In granting WN-FL.