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January 06, 2011
Brattle Principal Kevin Neels Quoted in The Economist on Air Travel

Kevin Neels, a principal in Brattle’s Washington, DC office, was quoted in an article on the current state of air travel in the January 6, 2011 issue of The Economist. The article, “The misery of flying: Is more regulatory reform the answer?” addresses the current disruptions facing air travelers, including weather, airline surcharges, and increasingly stringent security, and questions whether deregulation has contributed to the problem.

According to Mr. Neels, one of the problems with increased competition is that many passengers are disproportionately influenced by the ticket price. According to the article, this could be causing airlines to sell out their planes, giving them scarce capacity to replace cancelled flights when bad weather hits. In addition, Mr. Neels raises concerns that airline bosses’ financial incentives may cause them to take actions that yield short-term profits but risk harming their reputations, such as cutting costs by skimping on service.

For more information, please visit The Economist website.