Air Transport World

Open the door. (US domestic air travel market should be opened to foreign airlines) (Editorial)

Here is an interesting paradox. It seems as though all the political stars are aligning with the moon and sun in favor of allowing cabotage in the U.S., the largest and richest single airline market in the world. It also seems as though few non-U.S. carriers want to come in, if there is a cost of entry. Finally, it seems that even if the doors are thrown wide open without conditions, many, if not most, strong international carriers would demure.

Why wouldn't carriers want entry into the richest airline market in the world? Answer: It probably also is the world's toughest airline market.

This reluctance to accept the challenge should not prevent the U.S. government from pushing the trend begun with the somewhat-circumspect "open skies" proposal to Europe. …

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