It’s not big news, but Hawaiian will launch Oakland-Honolulu service that was lost when ATA and Aloha shut down. I only bring this up to point out a fallacy in the airline consolidation strategy: while this won’t happen on every route that disappears, the consolidation argument assumes that no other airline will fill an abandoned route. That simply isn’t the case. As we see here, airlines disappeared but the capacity returns. Keep this in mind every time you read about consolidation removing capacity from the market. Sure, some will disappear, but other airlines are always willing to grab routes where they see opportunity.