The airline industry and passenger groups are seeking to have long stalled reforms and initiatives given new life, reported FlyersRights.org.
The last time Congress undertook a comprehensive review of airline regulation was in 1978 when it enacted the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, over the objections of the large airlines, to improve service, consumer choice and lower airfares through competition. It abolished regulation of prices, schedules and service standards, and prohibited all regulation of airlines except through the DOT and FAA.
Airfares did decline until 2010, but now air travel prices have increased, and air travel is now slower and less reliable by most measures than prior to deregulation with 20-30% of flights late or canceled. No US major airports have been constructed since 1980.
In recent meetings with the House Aviation Subcommittee, FlyersRights.org emphasized its support for pro airline competition measures, including repeal of laws and policies that inhibiting competition; construction of new airports for the New York City and Chicago areas to relieve congestion delays; correction of court decisions exempting airlines from all state, local and most federal consumer protection laws, plus most tort laws that apply to all other industries; improvements in airport security; and its opposition to privatization of air traffic control and aviation security.
FlyersRights.org is an airline passenger organization with over 60,000 members. It is active in DOT/FAA rulemaking, and provides information and expertise resources to the public, the FAA and DOT, Congress, and other public policy organizations.