The first one in particular is pretty much a slap in the face. How safe are these so-called “budget carriers” anyway? It’s true that the incentives for a qualified, safe pilot don’t seem to exist in the current system. Then again, I might be wrong – maybe they are getting incentives from sources other than pure revenue, but I highly doubt it.
And from the second article: “The airline business has never really been able or allowed to operate under a truly free market environment. The government continues to meddle in the business. It doesn’t let airlines go out of business as a rule, though several of the current airlines should have been allowed to die. Trust the market.”