Air Transport World

DOT WON'T BACK DOWN

U.S. DOT's proposed competition policy statement continues to attract far more negative public and industry comment than support (a ratio of better than 5:1) but the department is sticking to its guns, and recently issued a brief study showing that fares are up 23% since 1979 in short-haul markets that lack a low-fare competitor, while they are down 4t% in markets where such competition exists.

DOT also claimed in the study that the number of city-pair markets in the lower 48 states with more than two competitors has fallen 41% since 1989, while the number of markets with at least two airlines is down 28% since 1992.

The many opponents of the proposed policy statement, meanwhile, continue to hammer away on two fronts. …

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