Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Time to Play Fair with Start-Up Airlines

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Time to Play Fair with Start-Up Airlines

Article excerpt

A General Accounting Office study just released has found that many of the major airlines charge considerably more for flights originating at airports where they control most of the gates than where they don't. The practice isn't new, but that doesn't mean it should be allowed to continue.

Since 1969, the Federal Aviation Administration has restricted the number of takeoff and landing slots at the nation's busiest airports - Chicago's O'Hare, Washington's National and New York's Kennedy and La Guardia airports - to manage congestion. But the rule has effectively given the major carriers virtual control over these airports and they appear to be abusing it.

The GAO report found that passengers pay nearly a third more for the average ticket at those airports and six others where one airline controls most of the gates: Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, N.C. and Newark, N.J. Fortunately, St. Louis' Lambert Field did not make the list despite the fact that TWA controls the majority of the terminal's gates. …

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