Below is a statement from Steve Shur, President of the Travel Technology Association on the latest regulations and request for information from the Department of Transportation with regards to air travel:
Travel Tech has long advocated for increased transparency and competition in air travel. We applaud the White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation for advancing those principles on behalf of consumers through a new set of regulations and working to ensure that consumers have access to all air fare and scheduling information. At present, some airlines are prohibiting certain third party sites from publishing fare and schedule information. The issuance of a request for information around these anti-consumer practices is an important step in the right direction in protecting U.S. consumers.
In an environment where four carriers control over 80% of domestic air capacity, it is critical that the DOT promote policies that foster transparency of information and competition on price and service offerings. Ensuring that flight information is readily available in comparative search and shopping environments would be a welcome first step in protecting consumers.
Similarly, the administration employed a thoughtful approach to important consumer and ticket agent disclosure provisions in the rulemaking, requiring disclosures that help consumers make optimal choices and rejecting others that could lead to confusion and distraction.
We appreciate the DOT’s efforts on behalf of consumers and look forward to continuing to engage with the department on these issues, promoting pro-consumer policies for all air travelers.