Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 One of the Most Controversial in a Generation
WASHINGTON, DC – Business Travel Coalition (BTC) today transmitted a letter to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, The Honorable John Boehner, calling on him not to include H.R. 4156, the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, on the suspension calendar but rather insist on travel industry and consumer groups’ input and proper deliberation of this highly controversial legislation.
The signatory letter was signed by some 100 corporate and university travel buyers, travel associations, consumer groups, travel management companies and airports representing U.S. organizations as well as market participants from 6 countries who support employees or clients traveling to and within the U.S. These travel industry participants view H.R. 4156 as blatantly anti-consumer and serving no purpose other than to mislead consumers about the real price of airfare.
“Travel industry and consumer groups were not provided any opportunity for input as H.R. 4156 was rushed by voice vote through the House Transportation Committee on April 9, 2014 after just 9 minutes of discussion. Having steamrollered the bill through Committee, airlines now seek to subvert the suspension calendar procedure, which is used for non-controversial bills such as the naming of a federal building,” stated BTC chairman Kevin Mitchell. “There is not one consumer group or business travel organization that supports this legislation. Indeed, H.R. 4156 arguably represents one of the most controversial aviation bills in a generation,” added Mitchell.
(To better understand how deep and broad the concern and controversy are over this bill, visit http://btc.travel for a multitude of industry statements, editorials and press stories.)