Air Transport World


U.S. government involvement in the airline business picked up momentum on several fronts.

A bill reported out by the House Transportation Committee directed the National Research Council to review and extend a 1991 study on airline deregulation, concentrating on competitive issues. Further, the bill asked the NRC for "recommendations for changes in the statutory framework under which the airline industry operates." The study is to be completed within six months after the bill is passed into law, after which DOT would have two) months to respond.

At the same time DOT was told to refrain from issuing a final version of its competition guidelines until at least three months after it reports to Congress on unfair competition in the industry and its plans to handle complaints of such practices. …

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