COGC and ATR sent the following letter to the House of Representatives, supporting Congressman Shuster and Congressman Grave’s bill H.R. 4156, the Transparent Airfares Act. This bill increases airline transparency by ensuring that government taxes and fees are shown separately from the base fare of an airline ticket. In part, the letter reads:
We write to encourage your colleagues to co-sponsor and otherwise support your bill, H.R. 4156, the Transparent Airfares Act. Your bill is a vital step toward airfare transparency and the end of the Department of Transportation’s discriminatory regulations that target airlines and travelers.
DOT’s current regulations require all government taxes and fees to be embedded in the advertised price of a ticket. Although DOT’s policies were enacted under the guise of consumer protection, these requirements actually obscure the real cost of airline travel, hiding the costs government adds to a vital industry.
The Transparent Airfares Act will allow airlines to inform flyers of the true cost of air travel by breaking out taxes and fees from the base fare. This repeals the current requirement that airlines advertise artificially high prices, providing a more transparent and competitive market place for travelers.
To read the full letter, click HERE.