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The cost of doing business. (1992 Regional Airline Association Spring Meeting)

Fare restructuring and increased regulation will make life even more difficult for the U.S. regional airline business. Such were the principal topics at this year's Regional Airline Association Spring Meeting.

Flight and duty-time regulations for pilots, criminal-background checks, lifting devices for the handicapped, drug and alcohol testing, and requirements for additional safety-related equipment on board will adversely affect this already-strapped segment of the industry, said a number of the members.

"There is a sense of frustration from the members about these burdensome regulations and what it will cost," said RAA Board Chairman Alan Stephen following the 3-day meeting. "Of course, it's hard to argue that we should not reconfigure our terminals for disabled individuals and provide lifting devices whenever possible. They are our passengers. …

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