Air Transport World

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The single unifying thought linking all of the visionary speakers at DOT's recent Beyond Open Skies meeting in Chicago was summed up by Gerald Baliles, chairman of the first of four recent US aviation industry commissions, who said, "If ATC is not fixed, no government proposal to strengthen competition will amount to much."

Everything that could be accomplished by opening up the world's commercial air market is held hostage by the inability of the system to produce sufficient capacity to be used in brave new commercial ventures. In fact, forget about new ventures; the current system won't handle straight-line growth. Governments obligingly have been so slow to respond to the problem that the industry has found it easy to dump responsibility into the system providers' laps. …

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