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US deregulates CRSs.(continues an existing requirement)(Brief Article)

US Dept. of Transportation lifted most of its rules governing computer reservation systems from Jan. 31, ending two decades of government regulation and preempting its own effort to amend the rules that began in Nov. 2002.

Two remaining rules will be phased out at the end of July. The first "continues an existing requirement that [CRSs] refrain from biasing flight listings in favor of some airlines to the disadvantage of others." The second prohibits a CRS from requiring an airline to provide all fares to it, including exclusive low-cost fares such as those it may offer only on its website or in conjunction with a third-party site, "as a condition of participation in its system. …

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