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June 24, 2013

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-Taking its cue from the GAO report released last week analyzing the American Airlines-US Airways merger, the New York Times editorial board said on Sunday the merger should not be approved unless there are some carve-outs. The editorial cites airlines mergers as concentrating the industry, causing fares and fees to rise for the flying public. "It is important that the Justice Department not approve the deal between American and US Airways without requiring some concessions, like giving up gates and takeoff and landing slots, that would minimize the damage to competition," the editorial said.

-A United Airlines flight from San Francisco to London forgot to stock the toilet paper for its passengers on the 10-hour trans-Atlantic flight. Passengers reportedly had to use cocktail napkins since the lavatories ran out of toilet paper, according to this AOL Travel news article.

-Continuing his trend of buying up the 50th state, Oracle CEO and billionaire Larry Ellison may be interested in buying go! Airlines, Reuters reports. Go! runs about 40 flights a day in the Hawaiian Islands. Ellison, who bought most of the tropical island of Lanai last year, already owns Island Air and his company has confirmed it is in talks with go!'s parent company, Mesa Air.

-Andrea Ahles




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