TRAVEL INDUSTRY NOTE
Business Travel Coalition
The article below by Hillary Clinton directly and indirectly shines a bright light on the problems of U.S. airline industry concentration and resulting anti consumer and anti competitive policies and practices. Consumer problems include major network airlines (1) refusing to share comparative ancillary fee information with travel agencies in a transactable format, (2) endeavoring to undermine their regulator, the U.S. DOT, by having legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress to undermine its consumer protection authority and (3) prosecuting a war on foreign airline new entry by politically blocking Norwegian International’s application before DOT to serve the U.S. and demanding that the Administration freeze Gulf carrier access to American markets. We believe these behaviors conspire against the interests of consumers and rightly belong in the U.S. national presidential debate.
Kevin Mitchell, founder Business Travel Coalition, OpenSkies.travel
Charlie Leocha, president Travelers United
Being pro-business doesn’t mean hanging consumers out to dry
By Hillary Clinton
October 20, 2015
American capitalism built the greatest middle class in history. When it works the way it should, our system is defined by innovators constantly sparking new ideas, workers sharing in the profits they help produce, consumers enjoying ever-greater choices, and small business owners like my father, working hard to give their families a better life. But sometimes, the system doesn’t work the way it should and we need to fix it. Teddy Roosevelt had to do it. Franklin Roosevelt had to do it. Barack Obama, too.
Despite all the progress we’ve made coming back from the financial crisis, we still have a lot of work to do. Consider:
Over the past year, oil prices have fallen from over $100 a barrel to under $50, and the price of jet fuel has dropped more than a dollar per gallon. But the four major airlines—down from 10 airlines just 15 years ago—are charging as much as ever for tickets, even as they hit travelers with extra fees, for everything from checking a suitcase to picking a seat when they fly home at the holidays.
Read full article at http://btcnews.co/2005ZDX.