OPINION: Airline Regulations Will Only Raise Ticket Prices

So why is Congress still trying to push them through?

By Senator Dave Schatz

The cost of flying in the United States has reached record lows, but you wouldn’t know it. Just by listening to how people talk, it seems like complaining about the cost of flying is a national past time.  Despite it’s bad reputation, the numbers tell us a different story; one where free market competition has driven down prices and improved safety and quality.  Yet a Congressional proposal is eager to reverse this progress with new rules and control over the aviation industry.

But here’s what the facts say: This past year was not only the safest year to date, we also had fewer flight cancellations than ever before and the fewest bags mishandled.  Overall, Americans were more satisfied than they’ve ever been with the airline industry.  Domestic travel prices are at an all time low.

Prices have been dropping steadily since airlines were deregulated in 1979.  Before, it was illegal to charge less than $1,442 (adjusted for inflation) for a flight from New York to Los Angeles.  Today, at the time I wrote this article, I could buy the same ticket for about $280. Ticket prices have fallen 41%!  Taking away the federal middle man revealed outrageously low demand for airline tickets.  In order to meet the market, prices fell and Americans have been flying ever since.

The Senate Bill brought before Congress would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration as a presiding body and would control airline pricing through the Secretary of Transportation.  Part of their job would be determining whether fees are unreasonable.  They claim it would save the average passenger money, but history tells us this could produce the opposite effect, by promoting higher ticket fares and fewer options for domestic flyers.

Competition is the driving force behind our falling ticket prices.  There are 11 different airlines to choose from, such as the big names of Delta and United, alongside smaller, cheaper airlines like Spirit and JetBlue.  Online pricing tools helps you compare flights within seconds, pulling pricing from all over the internet and informing consumers on the best deals available.

Airlines have been operating at a loss since the 80’s, driving their fee accumulation on services such as baggage check, wifi, food, and so on.  Despite being frustrating additions to what seemed like a great deal, these fees are a desperate attempt to offset the mounting losses airline industries are facing.

Between 2001 and 2011, airlines lost over $51 billion dollars trying to keep Americans in the air.  As the cost of production, rising fuel prices, and increased safety precautions all chip away further at their budgets, they will have to raise prices to cover the difference.  This is just business.

Inserting a bureaucrat in the middle won’t help.  Smaller airlines depend on having the cheapest tickets on the market in order to survive.  When they’re forced to decrease their biggest source of income, they’ll soon be run out of business by the bigger airlines, further monopolizing the airline industry.

When it comes down to it, deregulations just flat work.  Removing constraints and arbitrarily assigned price points gives the free market a chance to do what it does best; create competition, enforced flexibility, and consumer accountability, driving prices down and quality up.  Before 1979, only 20% of Americans had ever flown.  That number is now 82%.

It’s disappointing to see a Senate bill wants to reverse the effects of the free market, but you chose.  Do you want a $300.00 dollar tickets with 25.00 dollar fees for reversal, baggage check, and food?  Or a non-refundable, non changeable ticket you paid more than $1,000.00 for?

Senator Schatz is the Chairman of the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee.

151 thoughts on “OPINION: Airline Regulations Will Only Raise Ticket Prices

  1. 안전놀이터《∥》mir101.COM 카톡CoME99《∥》 실시간토토사이트추천 사설토토사이트-http://www.mir101.com/ 사설토토사이트-http://nave88.com/ 사설토토사이트-http://www.mir101.com/ 사설토토사이트-http://nave88.com/

  2. It’s an remarkable piece of writing in support of all the internet visitors; they will
    take benefit from it I am sure.

  3. It’s really a cool and useful piece of info. I’m satisfied that you
    just shared this useful information with us. Please stay us informed like this.
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after going through a
    few of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m
    certainly happy I came across it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!

  5. Somebody necessarily assist to make significantly posts I would state.
    That is the very first time I frequented your website page and thus far?
    I surprised with the analysis you made to create this actual publish incredible.
    Wonderful job!

  6. Hi there, every time i used to check webpage posts here in the early
    hours in the break of day, because i like to gain knowledge of more and more.

  7. Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you
    been running a blog for? you make blogging look easy.
    The full look of your website is fantastic, as smartly as the content material!

  8. Hi, i feel that i saw you visited my weblog thus i got here to go back the prefer?.I’m trying to
    in finding things to improve my website!I assume its good enough to use some
    of your ideas!!

  9. Hello my friend! I wish to say that this article is amazing, nice written and include almost
    all vital infos. I’d like to peer extra posts like this .

  10. Hello there, I found your site by means of Google at the same time as searching for a comparable topic, your website came
    up, it appears good. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

    Hi there, just was aware of your weblog via Google, and found that it is really informative.
    I’m gonna watch out for brussels. I will be grateful if you happen to proceed this in future.
    Lots of other folks will probably be benefited out of your writing.
    Cheers!

  11. Excellent blog you have got here.. It’s difficult to find high quality writing like yours these days.
    I honestly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

  12. Hello, this weekend is nice designed for me, for the reason that this time i am reading
    this enormous informative piece of writing here at my residence.

  13. Thanks for the auspicious writeup. It in fact used to be
    a enjoyment account it. Glance complex to far introduced agreeable from you!
    By the way, how could we be in contact?

  14. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend
    who was conducting a little research on this. And he actually
    ordered me lunch simply because I stumbled upon it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanx for spending some time to discuss this
    topic here on your site.

  15. Greetings from Los angeles! I’m bored at work so I decided to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break.
    I really like the information you provide here and can’t wait to take a look
    when I get home. I’m shocked at how quick your blog loaded
    on my mobile .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G ..
    Anyways, wonderful site!

  16. I’m amazed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head.
    The problem is something not enough men and women are
    speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy I came across
    this in my hunt for something regarding this.

  17. I don’t even know how I ended up right here, but I believed this publish used to be good.

    I don’t know who you are but definitely you’re going
    to a famous blogger in the event you are not already. Cheers!

  18. With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or
    copyright infringement? My website has a lot of unique
    content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you
    know any ways to help stop content from being stolen? I’d really appreciate
    it.

  19. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find
    this topic to be really something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and very broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I will try
    to get the hang of it!

  20. You could definitely see your skills within the
    article you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such
    as you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe.
    All the time follow your heart.

  21. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author for your weblog.
    You have some really great posts and I believe I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d really like to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
    Please send me an email if interested. Many thanks!

  22. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the layout of
    your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to
    say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people
    could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two
    pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

  23. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your
    blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your feeds and
    even I achievement you access consistently fast.

  24. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the format in your weblog.
    Is this a paid topic or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the nice high quality writing, it is rare
    to peer a nice weblog like this one nowadays..

  25. Greate article. Keep posting such kind of information on your
    site. Im really impressed by it.
    Hello there, You have done an incredible job. I will certainly digg it and in my opinion recommend to my friends.
    I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this site.

  26. Can I simply just say what a comfort to find a
    person that really knows what they are talking about on the internet.
    You actually understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important.
    A lot more people need to look at this and understand this side of
    the story. I was surprised that you aren’t more popular
    since you most certainly have the gift.

  27. Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!|

  28. Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Many thanks|

  29. Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and all. But imagine if you added some great photos or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and video clips, this website could definitely be one of the greatest in its field. Excellent blog!|

  30. Hey there! I’ve been reading your weblog for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the great work!|

  31. After I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. There has to be an easy method you can remove me from that service? Many thanks!|

  32. Thanks , I have recently been looking for info about this subject for a long time and yours is the greatest I’ve found out so far. However, what about the conclusion? Are you positive concerning the supply?|

  33. Howdy superb website! Does running a blog like this take a large amount of work? I’ve no knowledge of coding but I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyways, should you have any suggestions or techniques for new blog owners please share. I know this is off topic however I simply had to ask. Cheers!|

  34. It is in reality a nice and useful piece of information. I am glad that you just shared this useful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.|

  35. I’m not sure why but this site is loading very slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.|

  36. I got this site from my pal who informed me about this site and at the moment this time I am visiting this website and reading very informative articles at this time.|

  37. I take pleasure in, cause I discovered exactly what I was having a look for. You’ve ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye|

  38. It’s going to be finish of mine day, but before finish I am reading this enormous piece of writing to increase my experience.|

  39. It is not my first time to pay a quick visit this website, i am visiting this web site dailly and obtain nice facts from here daily.|

  40. It is actually a nice and useful piece of information. I am glad that you shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.|

  41. I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your blog. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility problems? A number of my blog readers have complained about my website not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome. Do you have any recommendations to help fix this problem?|

  42. I’m really loving the theme/design of your site. Do you ever run into any browser compatibility problems? A small number of my blog readers have complained about my website not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari. Do you have any ideas to help fix this issue?|

  43. Have you ever thought about writing an e-book or guest authoring on other websites? I have a blog based on the same ideas you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my viewers would enjoy your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e mail.|

  44. Have you ever considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog based on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my viewers would appreciate your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an email.|

  45. I savour, result in I discovered exactly what I used to be having a look for. You’ve ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye|

  46. Hi, I do believe this is a great site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I may revisit once again since I book-marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.|

  47. Hi there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the outstanding work!|

  48. Hi there, I found your website by means of Google at the same time as searching for a related matter, your web site got here up, it seems great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  49. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in truth was once a amusement account it. Look advanced to more introduced agreeable from you! By the way, how could we be in contact?|

  50. Hello there, just was alert to your weblog via Google, and found that it is really informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels. I’ll be grateful should you proceed this in future. A lot of other folks will probably be benefited from your writing. Cheers!|

  51. Your style is very unique compared to other people I have read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I’ll just bookmark this blog.|

  52. Good day I am so grateful I found your blog page, I really found you by accident, while I was looking on Google for something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to say thanks for a fantastic post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the moment but I have book-marked it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the great jo.|

  53. Have you ever thought about publishing an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog based upon on the same subjects you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would value your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an email.|

  54. This piece of writing presents clear idea designed for the new people of blogging, that in fact how to do blogging.|

  55. Hi I am so delighted I found your webpage, I really found you by error, while I was looking on Aol for something else, Regardless I am here now and would just like to say thanks for a fantastic post and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to browse it all at the moment but I have book-marked it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the awesome b.|

  56. My family members always say that I am killing my time here at net, but I know I am getting familiarity all the time by reading thes nice posts.|

  57. Hi, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.

    When I look at your blog site in Firefox, it looks fine but
    when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, awesome blog!

  58. Great blog here! Also your website so much up very fast!
    What web host are you the usage of? Can I am getting your affiliate hyperlink for
    your host? I wish my web site loaded up as fast as
    yours lol

  59. Pretty component of content. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert that I acquire
    actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing in your augment and even I fulfillment
    you get right of entry to persistently rapidly.

  60. I feel this is one of the most important information for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But want to observation on some basic issues, The web
    site style is great, the articles is in point of fact great : D.
    Good job, cheers

  61. Ahaa, its pleasant conversation on the topic of this article at this place
    at this weblog, I have read all that, so now me also commenting at
    this place.

  62. Howdy I am so glad I found your blog page, I really found you by error, while I was browsing on Aol for something else, Anyways I
    am here now and would just like to say kudos for a fantastic post and a all round interesting blog (I also love
    the theme/design), I don’t have time to browse it all at the moment
    but I have saved it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time
    I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the fantastic jo.

  63. I have to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this website.
    I’m hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts by you later on as well.
    In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me
    to get my very own site now 😉

  64. An interesting discussion is definitely worth comment. I believe that you need to write
    more about this subject, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people don’t talk about such issues.

    To the next! Best wishes!!

  65. Hi, Neat post. There is an issue with your web site in web explorer, might test this?
    IE still is the market leader and a big section of people will pass over your great
    writing due to this problem.

  66. Simply wish to say your article is as astonishing. The clarity in your post is simply cool and that i could think
    you’re knowledgeable on this subject. Fine along with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to stay
    up to date with imminent post. Thanks a million and please
    carry on the enjoyable work.

  67. Nice post. I was checking constantly this weblog and I am
    impressed! Very useful info particularly the ultimate phase 🙂 I take care of such information much.
    I was seeking this certain info for a very long time.
    Thank you and good luck.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.