Monday, December 21, 2009

ATA Fires Back

Not surprisingly, the Air Transport Association isn't sitting in silence following the Department of Transportation's new tarmac delay rule.  From their press statement:

“We will comply with the new rule even though we believe it will lead to unintended consequences – more cancelled flights and greater passenger inconvenience. In particular, the requirement of having planes return to the gates within a three hour window or face significant fines is inconsistent with our goal of completing as many flights as possible. Lengthy tarmac delays benefit no one,” said ATA president and CEO James C. May.

See Press Release, ATA, ATA Comments on DOT Tarmac Delay Rule (Dec. 21, 2009) (available here).

According to the DOT, the new rules won't take effect until 120 days after publication in the Federal Register.  See U.S. DOT, Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections, Final Rule, Dkt. No. DOT-OST-2007-0022 (Dec. 21, 2009) (available here).

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