Why Do National Airlines Still Exist?

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Turkish Airlines is among the more successful national carriers, because even though the government owns 49 percent, it does not meddle much in day-to-day affairs. Pictured is one of the airline’s Boeing 737s. HartlandMartin / Flickr.com

Skift Take: Many politicians fear their nations will be irrelevant if they abandon their money-losing flag airlines. That’s probably a stretch. In most places, the market likely would fill the gap — provided the government got out of the way. But national pride is powerful, and few people want to see storied brands disappear.

— Brian Sumers

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