Every director of every airport across the country will proclaim that their airport is the economic engine of their region. However, the regions’ businesses are not paying their fair share for airport construction and operations. Passengers are being stuck with the bill.
Let’s move into the 21st Century. Our nation’s current air traffic control (ATC) system is operating on technology from the 1960s. Aging radars still slowly sweep to determine the location of aircraft. Controllers use scraps of paper to keep track of planes. And, aircraft radios still use old-fashion knobs and dials.
A new study has backed up Travelers United survey information about the need for full airfare and airline fee information so that consumers can purchase airfare knowing the full all-in price. Without comparison shopping, the free market cannot function. Competition goes down and pricing rises. Consumers suffer.
Here is the oral statement presented by Charlie Leocha on March 8, 2017. His testimony about consumer rights ranged from airline reservation system outages to airfare and fee advertising; from the effects of Open Skies treaties and antitrust immunity; and, from his opposition to increasing airport taxes to the need to educate consumers about their rights.
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 […]