Southwest/Air Tran Merger: Important Airline Competition Issues; Local Effects
Friday, April 1, 2011 from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm
Southwest Airlines' proposed acquisition of AirTran Airways is the first combination of major low cost carriers (LCC). The panel will discuss whether a merger of LCCs raises novel questions relative to the airline deals the DOJ has considered in the past. How would removing AirTran, which some argue is an aggressive LCC competitor, affect rivalry? The panel will also consider whether the merger raises concerns over capacity cutbacks in locations where both airlines have a strong presence. Would the deal harm consumers, for example, at Baltimore-Washington Airport? Our panel brings perspectives from economics, academia, and antitrust enforcement.
This Brown Bag Program is sponsored by the Antitrust and Consumer Law Section and in cosponsorship with the Antitrust Committee of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia .
1050 30th Street, NW
Washington DC 20007
Sections Office 202-626-3462
Darren Bush, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center
Gloria Hurdle, Vice-President, Economists Incorporated
Bruce McDonald, Partner, Jones Day, Washington, D.C.
Diana Moss, Director and Vice President, American Antitrust Institute
Don Resnikoff, Of Counsel, FinkelsteinThompson LLP, Washington, D.C.