Thank you for your reasonable response. I will admit to almost regretting having posted that last message. I will further say that even my first one may have been a bit pre-mature. Let me attempt to clarify my thinking, despite the fact that it may be naive in its logic:
First and foremost. It is a fact that the number of people flying has drastically increased. If my sources are correct, there will be a 20% increase in the flying public in the years to come.
FACT: The ATC system is struggling with its outdated technology..upgrades are far and few between
FACT: Airport expansion seems to slow to accolmadate the growth in traffic
Yes, you have made it clear that already many mergers have taken place. But if we could freeze time, how would you rate our current situation? The flying public does not need a global giant that will control prices and airtravel. Having competition is favorable in the eyes of the consumers. C'mon...all of the alliances have already made unified global travel and earning frequent flier miles a breeze. OKAY...so raising ticket prices is not a good idea, However I stand by my opinion that continued merging leading to one or two giants is not in the best interest of the industry.
I can certainly be swayed with more educated information, I will admit.