Passengers Must Take Stand in Battle Between Air Carriers

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Sturm College of Law


Air carriers, Airline deregulation, Airlines


Since the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, airline industry productivity and efficiency has risen dramatically. Deregulation broke the legalized oligopoly and cartel operated by the former Civil Aeronautics Board and freed airlines from the shackles of heavy-handed regulation. In the new competitive environment in which efficient operations and low fares rather than political and regulatory power bring economic rewards, the number of airline miles has more than doubled, fares have fallen dramatically in real terms, and American consumers now enjoy the most efficient, cheapest and safest passenger air service in the world.

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