A government study on the effects of airline mergers found that flight cancellations and delays increased when competition on a route drops.
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The study looked at delays and cancellation rates when the number of airlines serving a route dropped from three to two airlines. It looked at 32.2 million flights and flight performances from 70 U.S. airports.
The length of delays rose 25% after competition was cut, the study found. Plus, flight cancellations increased 7% after competition dropped, according to the study.
Although the length of delays rose, the study found only a slight change in the percentage of late flights even after competition dropped.