Passengers concerned about higher prices, less options as Delta and Northwest join forces
VOICEOVER: Soon air travelers may no longer see these signs. They’ll be replaced with these if Delta and Northwest Airlines’ merger is approved. The new carrier would by the world’s largest. Passengers say they expect the deal will bring higher costs.
TAMI MONTE, AIRLINE PASSENGER: I think it will affect travelers with prices going up.
PHILLIP HUTCHENS, AIRLINE PASSENGER: I think we’re getting to a place where we’re consolidating so much that we’re going to lose competitive edges and the consumer’s really going to get hurt.
VOICEOVER: Still other passengers say maybe airports and flights are too crowded and discount airfares are too low.
CRAIG LENGYL, AIRLINE PASSENGER: I’d actually like to see a little bit higher fare. I think they need to go a little higher.
JEFF NIELSEN, AIRLINE PASSENGER: Maybe if they were to raise the fares $40 or $50 a ticket, you know, we wouldn’t be in the situation that we’re in.
VOICEOVER: Experts say the Delta-Northwest merger could lead to similar deals. One being discussed would combine Continental and United. It still needs antitrust approval, but most of the people involved in the deal expect that to happen. As for those passengers?
LENGYL: We’ll just have to, you know, see how it goes, I guess.
VOICEOVER: Delta says the combined airline will be called Delta and will be based in Atlanta. Judy Boysha, the Associated Press.
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