Articles tagged “congress”

Committee Leadership Changes in Divided Congress Will Be Mixed Bag for Travel Industry

Committee Leadership Changes in Divided Congress Will Be Mixed Bag for Travel Industry

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, controlled by opposing parties, will be at loggerheads over many issues related to both the travel industry and travelers. However, there will be plenty of wiggle room, if not on airplanes with reduced passenger legroom, then in the halls of Congress, where some legislation will undoubtedly get done.

1 month ago

What Looms for the Travel Industry in D.C. After the Midterms

What Looms for the Travel Industry in D.C. After the Midterms

Maryam Khan Cope, Skift

Midterm elections have rarely been this galvanizing or controversial. For industry observers and executives, the question remains of how changes in Washington will impact the business of travel. With a divided government, expect most of the changes to regulations to come from the Trump administration.

1 month ago

American May Prohibit Changing Nonrefundable Tickets After Congressional Proposals

American May Prohibit Changing Nonrefundable Tickets After Congressional Proposals

Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

You can see Doug Parker's point, but that won't stop passengers from getting upset — especially since the high fees that airlines charge annoy them already.

3 months ago

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.

10 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.

11 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.

12 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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