Yesterday, a group of Representatives introduced the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014. This bill is a major step backwards for consumers and the sponsors of this bill, from both sides of the aisle, have simply not thought through what they are proposing. And, the airline lobbyists, intent on finding ways to make airline pricing more obscure, are flogging a dead horse that has been killed at least three times over the past three years.
As the consumer representative on this Advisory Committee on Aviation Consumer Protections, I welcome everyone who is attending this meeting. Today we are discussing important topics that influence travel. Posters First, getting the word out to travelers about their rights is an ongoing education process. However, right now the education is taking place with notices […]
CTA submits these comments on behalf of itself and its more than 30,000 constituents. Our interest is in preserving competition in the airline marketplace and in maintaining the ability to comparison shop across airlines. CTA has also signed onto comments submitted by the American Antitrust Institute.
Though DOJ has included divestitures of slots at Washington-Reagan Airport and LaGuardia, together with facility divestitures at some of the largest airports across the country, more needs to be done to change the aviation competition landscape.
Air traffic management technology used to space airplanes and for pilot awareness is not as sophisticated as the GPS systems installed in cars and smart phones. Spacing of aircraft depends on how long it takes radar, installed in the 60s, to make a complete sweep. Pilots still spin dials in cockpits and depend on visual search to see other aircraft.