Sunday, February 17, 2008


This story could take an award for stating the obvious. Of course, the airline industry needs to take capacity out of the system so it can raise prices. On the other hand, maybe there is a need for stories such as this. It has been my experience that the obvious is sometimes not clear to many. At the risk of looking dumb, it is better to state what everyone knows, primarily to ground discussion. Sometimes after stating the obvious, clients have disclosed that they do not want what is surely to happen, and they have changed course. On other occasions, stating the obvious has led to new solutions about what to do. So, while the writer of this news story was not reporting a groundbreaking news article, he was providing a service. Do Americans want a transportation system with restricted flights and high prices on each route? Have they really thought about the implications of consolidation? My guess is that most have not, and maybe it is time they do. There is something obvious about that.


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