Southwest Airlines Co., the largest low-fare carrier, will increase competition at American Airlines Group Inc.’s biggest hub by expanding nonstop service from a rival Dallas airport as U.S. flight limits there end.
Southwest Airlines Co. flies more passengers in the U.S. than any other carrier and serves 29 of the 30 largest metropolitan areas. To federal regulators, that’s not enough to be considered an influential industry competitor.
American Airlines boosted domestic round-trip fares by $10 for the seventh broad increase of 2011, matching the total among major carriers in the past two years combined, to blunt higher jet fuel costs.
U.S. airlines led by United Continental Holdings Inc. may pocket $1.3 billion in higher fares tied to the Federal Aviation Administration’s partial shutdown as Congress deadlocks on the agency’s funding.