The Critical Role of Government in International Air Transport

Gao ID: ID-77-50 March 17, 1978

The involvement of U.S. and foreign governments in international airline operations affects route rights, tariffs, charter arrangements, and airport services. The U.S. Government tries to help its international carriers to earn profits and eliminate unfair competitive practices and/or discrimination.

There should be a specific U.S. Government official to see that international aviation problems are considered promptly and that differences among federal agencies are resolved as prescribed by the President. The Secretary of Transportation should be the focal point for coordination with recognition of the roles of the Department of State and the Civil Aeronautics Board. The agencies involved in international aviation differed in their views about coordination and the location of a focal point. More equitable arrangements for U.S. carriers could be obtained by modifying and more effectively implementing the International Air Transportation Fair Competitive Practices Act of 1974 and by securing common methods of assessing user charges in bilateral and multilateral agreements. More equitable arrangements are needed for charter carriers to reduce foreign restrictions.


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