By JAVIER MANJARRES
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has weighed in on the American Airlines and US Airways mega-merger, joining Attorney General Eric Holder in filing suit against the planned merger.
Bondi states that “consumers will face decreased competition and increased prices because airlines can cut service and raise prices with less fear of competitive responses from rivals. Even a small increase in the price of tickets, checked bag fees, or flight change fees as a result of the merger could cost Americans millions of dollars.”
One of my most important obligations as Florida’s Attorney General is to enforce the laws that ensure a competitive and fair marketplace. Along with the attorneys general of several other states, this week I joined the Department of Justice in filing a federal lawsuit to stop the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines.
The two airlines compete directly on thousands of heavily traveled nonstop and connecting routes. If this merger is completed, consumers will face decreased competition and increased prices because airlines can cut service and raise prices with less fear of competitive responses from rivals. Even a small increase in the price of tickets, checked bag fees, or flight change fees as a result of the merger could cost Americans millions of dollars.
This merger would be anti-competitive and harmful to consumers, with 20 percent of the problematic flight routes affecting Florida, and by filing this lawsuit, we hope to save consumers from potential multi-million dollar increases in prices and fees.-Florida AG Pam Bondi
Bondi says that Americans could be susceptible to increase airline fees, but the truth is, the majority of airlines have already raised and added fees, such as the ones she cites.
Instead of the Obama administration campaigning to cut excessive airline fuel taxes, as well as a whole bunch of “special” taxes, not to mention the traditional income and payroll taxes airlines already pay, the administration has made another anti-business move that stifles business growth.
Let’s not forget that back in 2010, the merger between Continental and United Airlines to create the largest airline in the world was approved by Obama’s administration. Hypocrisy? (Source-Airline Merger)
Here is a list of the “special taxes” airlines are currently forced to pay. This image reminds me of my cell phone bill, which is also loaded with unnecessary and “excessive” federal taxes. (Source-Airline.org)
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