consolidation

Senators and Representatives from Florida don’t seem to be too concerned with the pending merger of American Airlines and US Airways. They seem to feel that their airports are safe from any disruption. But that was wen American Airlines (AA) was ruling the roost. Now, US Airways executives will be taking over the executive suite and they do things differently.

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This weekend we see iPad testing for decompression, take a look at rental car consolidation and what it means for consumers and businesses, and list the 10 airports most likely to spread disease.

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Where we once had a choice of Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Dollar, Thrifty, Budget, National and Alamo, we now have three. Those three major car rental companies are Hertz, Avis and Enterprise.

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The first half of 2009 will see continued consolidation in the travel industry. The big and strong will be getting bigger and stronger and the small will face a tough time. Industry consolidation at the same time will be up against increased consumer search for better bargains.

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Just like the cute girl at the high school dance, Continental Airlines is flirting with everyone these days. I’m not sure what they have that makes them so attractive, but even though they have been making eyes at the boys on the block, they still don’t have a date.

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