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Status Report: Airline Competition and Concentration Since Deregulation

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Publication Date: June 1989

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James L. Gattuso

Topic: Transportation (Air transport)

Keywords: Regulation

Type: Report


Despite mergers, the U.S. airline industry today is less concentrated than when the industry was regulated. Measured by route, concentration has decreased substantially: today less than 20 percent of travellers fly on carriers with 70 percent or more of the market, compared with almost half in 1977.