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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Always high prices. Always.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2007 at 5:22 AM

Interesting piece in Wall Street Journal:

In the land of Wal-Mart, everything revolves around low prices -- except getting there and leaving.

Last year, nearly 600,000 people caught flights at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, many of them in the course of doing business with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the relentless purveyor of rock-bottom prices.

But ironically, the airport -- built just 14 miles from Wal-Mart's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., largely through the efforts of the daughter of legendarily frugal Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton -- has some of the most expensive airfares in the U.S.

Fares at Northwest Arkansas Regional are about 35% above the national average for comparable domestic routes.

Reasons include dominance of one carrier in the market, absence of a low-cost competitor like Southwest and the high number of business travelers on expense accounts.

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