WASHINGTON, March 2, 2017 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today applauded the decision from the Department of Transportation to suspend two regulatory actions initiated in the final days of the previous Administration. The Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Display of Ancillary Fees would have allowed the government to dictate how airlines sell and distribute products and services, and the Request for Information on Airline Distribution Practices would have allowed the government to interfere in the commercial relationship between airlines and their distribution partners.
Since the airline industry was deregulated four decades ago, federal agencies have imposed insulated judgment about consumer preferences and misguided notions of how the market should function. Today, the airline industry operates under 13,000 regulations across 13 agencies, many of which are outdated, obsolete and in need of reform.
“We applaud Secretary Chao’s leadership today and look forward to an era of smarter regulation that protects consumers from unfair practices, but does not step in when action is not warranted,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “Today’s action is a common sense measure reinforcing that the airline industry is capable of making the decisions that best serve our customers, our employees and the communities we serve.”
Flying today is more accessible and affordable than ever, and satisfaction is high. According to A4A’s Status of Air Travel in the United States annual survey, 85 percent of 2016 passengers said they were “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied,” indicating that carriers are responding to the needs of passengers and activist over-regulation is not warranted.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.3 million passengers and more than 55,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor groups, Congress and the Administration to improve air travel for everyone.