US DOT requires US airlines follow published rules to accept government aid

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced US carriers must follow a published set of rules in order to accept government aid as a result of the financial difficulties resulting from the global corona virus, the department said.

The DOT says in an order released on 31 March, that airlines will be required to conduct minimum service levels to the extent reasonable and practicable between now and 30 September as part of the 880-page Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act support passed by the US Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump last week.

The order proposes that air carriers receiving financial assistance under the CARES Act maintain minimum air services on a nationwide basis, with some exceptions, the DOT says. The determination will be based upon airline schedules prior to 1 March 2020.

The DOT also points out that the new provisions do not lift antitrust rules currently in place.