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Air travel troubles hinder Montana

Air travel troubles hinder Montana

Why is the governor not looking at one of the root problems plaguing Montana business? Tourism, business travelers and businesses in Montana suffer because it is too expensive to get here.

Many people were concerned with the lack of competition in Montana. The merger of Delta and Northwest presented many with reservations of what would happen to the price of airline tickets. The lack of competition would allow the one airline that transports a vast majority of the passengers to set prices at any level it saw fit. That issue is now becoming a reality.

The price of tickets has become very high. This is further troubling since every day I see announcements from the same Delta Airlines for drastically reduced air prices for almost all other markets.

Recently I inquired with Delta/Northwest as to why the price of tickets is abnormally high. The answer was that the flights in and out of Montana are full. The assertion was made on my first inquiry several years ago that if the number of passengers was up in Montana, then the price of tickets would be more in line with the rest of the country.

If the demand is high, then why not use more planes or larger planes to serve Montana? Especially in light of the fact that I see trips that are advertised for less than $200. There is a very troubling trend in airline prices in Montana as compared to what the rest of the nation is seeing.

Tory Richtmyer



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