Since the WA is a Federal law and the replacement agreement is also getting Federal blessing, if the Feds really wanted to open DAL to competition the simple answer was to go back to congress and have the Federal "acceptance" of the WA replacement removed.
Have you seen the Congress lately? Is anything simple? Seriously, if the DOJ relies on Congress for remedies, the risk is the final result will not be of the DOJ's liking at all, what with rewrites and amendments...
How is purposefully increasing concentration at DFW an effective remedy to the consolidation of AA & US?
When American and the DOJ agreed on giving up the DAL
gates, I don't think that the DOJ envisioned that it could lead to Virgin leaving DFW
and reduce competition at DFW
, so I don't think anyone is purposefully increasing concentration.
That said, the reason I think the DOJ's move makes sense is it increases competition for more passengers.
may be in the middle of the Metroplex, but there is much more O/D traffic to/from Dallas than Ft Worth so increasing options from DAL
give more people an alternative that is closer to their actual O/D. In turn, the new entrant doesn't even to compete on price alone, in fact it could even try and charge a premium for the convenience of being closer.
The way I see it, the new entrant gets to compete on more than just price, which makes it a real alternative, and more likely to succeed than if the new flights were at DFW
The losers are the passengers West of DFW
, but not everyone can win.
Either way, I simply don't think there are any meaningful remedy that the DOJ could have gotten out of American at DFW
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