Articles tagged “congress”

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Clears Way for Private Sector Investment

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Clears Way for Private Sector Investment

Mark Niquette, Bloomberg

The Trump administration is now on its third "Infrastructure Week" in a year's time. It is still figuring out how to push through a plan that essentially sells off infrastructure projects to private companies.

6 months ago

House Transportation Committee Chairman to Retire After Infrastructure Push

House Transportation Committee Chairman to Retire After Infrastructure Push

Anna Edgerton, Bloomberg

This year U.S. Congressman Bill Shuster will step down as House transportation committee chairman. He has been unable to achieve many industry goals, such as the privatization of U.S. air traffic control.

8 months ago

Travel Companies Enthusiastically Back Tax Bill That Majority of Americans Oppose

Travel Companies Enthusiastically Back Tax Bill That Majority of Americans Oppose

Hannah Sampson, Sean O'Neill and Brian Sumers, Skift

Is the revamped tax code a "gift for hard-working Americans" as President Trump declared, or just a gift for corporations already reaping record profits? For now, travel executives seem way more excited than the general public.

8 months ago

Gulf Airlines Targeted by New Senate Tax Bill

Gulf Airlines Targeted by New Senate Tax Bill

David Fickling, Bloomberg

U.S. airlines have been complaining about the Gulf carriers' unfair advantage for years and this change in the law would put increased pressure on the likes of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Air. If adopted, the law would effectively give Delta, United and American new leverage to restrict competition.

9 months ago

Some U.S. Lawmakers Balk at Privatizing the Air Traffic Control System

Some U.S. Lawmakers Balk at Privatizing the Air Traffic Control System

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Several major airline CEOs, including American's Doug Parker and JetBlue's Robin Hayes, have been in D.C. this month to offer support for air traffic control reform. And someday, it might even happen. But it does not appear imminent.

11 months ago

U.S. Senators Criticize Airline Customer Service in Committee Hearing

U.S. Senators Criticize Airline Customer Service in Committee Hearing

Matthew Daly , Associated Press

Earlier this week, a House of Representatives Committee interrogated airline executives about service failures. On Thursday, a Senate committee also weighed in. But will Congress take meaningful action? Don't bet on it.

1 year ago

Congress Warns 5 Airline Execs They Must Improve Customer Service

Congress Warns 5 Airline Execs They Must Improve Customer Service

Brian Sumers, Skift

Congress is not happy with U.S. airlines. That's for sure. But how much will Washington do about it? Here's a prediction: Probably not much.

1 year ago

The FAA’s Air Traffic Control Plan Has No Price Tag or End Date

The FAA’s Air Traffic Control Plan Has No Price Tag or End Date

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

We'll likely hear much more about the FAA plan in the coming months and years as President-elect Donald Trump said he plans to make infrastructure, including airports, one of the hallmarks of his domestic policy.

2 years ago

Trashing a Hotel on TripAdvisor May Soon Be Protected, Thanks to U.S. Congress

Trashing a Hotel on TripAdvisor May Soon Be Protected, Thanks to U.S. Congress

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Let's be clear: Not all hotel guests and review-writers are angels. But the solution is not dodgy hotel contracts and taking punitive actions against customers. Business owners, as well as consumers, should remember the wisdom of the crowds is pretty good at protecting from one-sided and impure reviewers.

2 years ago

Senate Bill Would Mandate Refunds for Checked Bags That Arrive Late

Senate Bill Would Mandate Refunds for Checked Bags That Arrive Late

Associated Press

Which provision in the Senate aviation bill is less likely to become law: Putting flight attendant rest rules on par with pilots or mandating that families with young kids be able to sit together? Both provisions have merit but we're talking about the U.S. Congress here.

2 years ago

President Obama and Congress See Centennial as Chance to Improve National Parks

President Obama and Congress See Centennial as Chance to Improve National Parks

Kevin Freking, Associated Press

Knowing this Congress, it's probably best to not expect much by way of national park improvements in the near future.

3 years ago

U.S. Senator Seeks Drone Ban Near Airports and Big Events

U.S. Senator Seeks Drone Ban Near Airports and Big Events

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press

Just about everyone realizes that there have to be restrictions on small drones to thwart an unwitting tragedy at an airport or even a terrorist incident. Mandating geo-fencing may be an answer although hackers could undoubtedly find away around this sort of technology, too.

3 years ago