United States Turns Back The
Clock On Air Travel Action Helps Airlines, Harms Public
NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Arlington Heights, IL, United States, 12/21/2007 - The Bush Administration reverted back to 1968 to solve
its problems with airport delays; DOT and GAO show that there is a better
solution that does not favor the industry, but the public.
The Bush led Federal Aviation Administration has finally
reverted back to 1968 to solve its problems with airport delays by reinstating
the High Density Rule (slot rule), which allocates capacity by limiting the
number of flight operations at an airport during certain periods of the day.
The rule was instituted back in 1968, at five airports for
the very same reason it is being reinstated now, to solve a Serious congestion
and delay problem that backups throughout the whole national air
transportation system. The original airports were Chicago OHare, New Yorks
Kennedy and La Guardia, Washington Regan and Newark Liberty.
In 1995, a Department of Transportation Report to Congress
findings cautioned Congress not to remove the rule, showing that it would cause
severe congestion, which is exactly what happened. Among the reports numerous
concerns, it states that, If lifting the HDR precipitates significant travel
delays, consumers, airlines and airports will be motivated to adjust their
behavior in response to market forces
Six years later, in 2001, the reports horrendous delay
findings was again reconfirmed in an independent government study by the U.S.
General Accounting (Accountability) Office, which received very little
attention because it was released shortly after the 9-11 tragedy. Among its
many findings and even solutions, the report also warned that implementing the
change that is needed will be difficult because of the monopolistic nature of
air transportation and the local and state governments that own and/or benefit
from the status-quo.
Despite all the forewarning, the movement to remove the slot
rule was lead by east coast legislators and the Clinton Administration, who
claimed that it would bring more competition, even after being cautioned that
terrible delays would happen. And, if fact, it did lead to the horrendous
delays starting back in 2000, immediately after the rule was removed at Chicago
The industrys underlying reason for the removal of the slot
rule was to convince Washington and the air traveler that the industry needed
more airport expansion; even despite stagnate population growth, it needed
runways to accommodate for the industrys 4-Phased artificial growth scheme.
What the removal of the slot rule actually attained, was give
the air transport industry even more of a monopolistic hold then they had over
our national mass transit system, leaving out genuine competition from other
forms of high speed travel, a real solution for our long term transportation
needs, such as high-speed rail. Studies show that more than 50% of the
travelers would directly benefit from a national world-class high-speed rail
system as well, as, millions of new jobs.
We now have one of the worst transportation systems in the
industrialized nations; one of the main reasons is the monopolization that the
air transportation industry has on our national mass transportation system,
states Jack Saporito, president of The American Working Group for National
Policy. What American travelers need is not more of the same air transport
fixes that do not work, but a long-term national transportation solution that
integrates an intermodal approach, giving the traveler more options and giving
air transport and government owned airports what it really needs --