Flight Caps Limit Competition, Hike Fares: DOT

Law360 (October 30, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday suggests that airports with hourly flight limits are restrictive to airline competition and may spark sharp increases in domestic ticket costs.

Compiled by the department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Air Travel Price Index quarterly report revealed that the cost of domestic tickets in the second quarter of 2008 has spiked to the highest quarterly average fare in 13 years.

Based on fares paid by travelers and a passenger origin and destination survey, the ATPI...
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