U.S. Airline Industry Struggles Through Turbulent Times


A Southwest airlines jet comes in for landing at Los Angeles... News PhotoAeroplane,Aerospace,Airport,Blue,California,City Of Los Angeles,Economy,Horizon,LAX Airport,Landing - Touching Down,Making Money,Moon,Sky,Transportation,USAPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2008 Getty ImagesLOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: A Southwest airlines jet comes in for landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on April 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. With skyrocketing fuel prices and a weak economy, US airlines are turning to mergers which could ultimately lead to higher fares through reduced flights and increased market power. US carriers emerged from a five-year slump in 2006 but with $35 billion in losses. In the latest merger move to save profits, Delta Air Lines Inc will buy Northwest Airlines Corp for more than $3 billion, creating the world's biggest airline. Recent profit challenges to the industry have lead to the shutdown of ATA, Skybus, and Aloha Airlines as well as bankruptcy for Frontier Airlines. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)