The real airline antitrust world is complex when it comes to travelers. Consumers believe that the most important actions in terms of airline antitrust protection come from the Department of Justice (DOJ) when it reviews major mergers such as the United/Continental merger or the corporate marriage of American Airlines and US Airways. However, with the […]
This Sunday we ponder whether Pakistan International Airlines took off with more passengers than it had seats. We look at Uber and Lyft as part of the overall transportation network — does it help or hurt? Finally, a Canadian study looks at short term rentals and smoking room availability.
A bill taking limits off airport taxes was introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill introduced by Rep. DeFazio (D, Or.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) would allow airports to increase passenger facilities charges (PFCs) at airports across the country. Travelers United, Washington’s largest advocacy group for travelers, states, “America’s aviation consumers don’t deserve an increase in airport taxes.” Airline passengers pay $4.50 every time they take off at an airport and the amount is doubled when flying on connecting flights.
International consumer protections are more difficult to enforce. The Supreme Court has allowed an anti-consumer 9th Circuit Court of Appeals 2-1 ruling to stand, requiring consumers to file lawsuits in multiple countries to preserve protections afforded by the treaty that governs all claims against airlines arising out of international flights, reported Travelers United, Inc. and FlyersRights.org. […]
Today we ponder changes in transatlantic airfares coming as Norwegian Air International begins expanded service. We take a look at Airbnb and how it is affecting hotels. Finally, a thought about living on a cruise line where a vacation is a week on dry land.