Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Congressmen for Open Skies

Though there is a great deal of anti-airline alliance invective coming out of the Halls of Congress at the moment, it should not be taken as a sign the U.S.'s legislators are of one mind on the nation's air transport policy.  According to a news report issued by the National Industrial Transportation League--a longstanding representative body for the freight transportation sector--members of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee

urged Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a letter to have his department “exercise its long-held statutory authority and expertise to determine if applications for airline antitrust immunity are in the public interest.”

The letter, released by the senators, said: “We are writing regarding the long-standing authority of the Department of Transportation (DOT) to approve or disapprove applications for antitrust immunity between U.S. and foreign air carriers. This fundamental component of the department’s jurisdiction has helped to promote competition in the airline industry by opening up restricted markets and encouraging healthy competition among international alliances.”

A full copy of the piece is available online here.

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