Airline merger -- good or bad idea?

So American and US Air want to merge into one company, raising the usual anti-trust issues and concerns about reduced competition and increased costs for consumers.

Normally I would be one of those concerned. But my admittedly subjective impression of the airline industry is that it's been teetering on the edge, as a whole, at least since 9/11. Having one strong airline might be better than two weak ones constantly on the verge of bankruptcy.

In terms of competition, has there really been much competition between air carriers in decades? Seems to me they are mostly "competing" with the price of oil, alternative forms of transportation, and people deciding to just stay home rather than pay any airline for a vacation flight.

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