Fare Hikes Inevitable With Delta-Northwest: Experts

Law360, New York (April 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. unveiled their plan to merge with promises of more route choices, a stronger platform from which to combat rising fuel prices and more competitive fares. However, some antitrust and industry experts see rising prices as an inevitable side effect of the proposed $17.7 billion marriage.

While there is less route overlap in Delta and Northwest services than there has been in previously-proposed mergers, the overlap that does exist will likely lead to a drop in available seats for...
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