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Patrick Coate

Budget Airlines Are Driving Competition For Everyone

United Airlines made headlines recently with its announced introduction of Basic Economy pricing – and mostly not in a good way. Most of the coverage has focused on the fact that this plan no longer includes complimentary carry-on baggage or choice of seating, with the baggage fee recently drawing the ire of Senator Chuck Schumer.  However, this new fare is just the latest example of increasing competition between name-brand airlines and budget airlines such as Spirit and Frontier airlines.


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