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  • Boeing Pushes 100 Percent Tariffs on Airbus

    May 15, 2019
    Boeing, fresh off a victory in restoring the Export-Import Bank’s full lending authority, is floating the idea of a 100 percent tariff on Airbus aircraft and parts. Airbus is Boeing’s largest competitor. There are four factors in play here. The first three are public relations, the opportunity costs of cronyism, and how best to pursue a level playing field in the global economy. The fourth is the likely retaliation such a move would spark.
  • Bloomberg Reporter Justin Bachman Gets Duped by TripAdvisor Front Group

    May 10, 2019
    I wrote back in November 2018 of the false, scurrilous, ad hominem attacks on Competitive Enterprise Institute Adjunct Fellow Fran Smith’s appointment as consumer representative to the Department of Transportation’s Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (ACPAC). As I noted, Fran previously spent more than a decade as executive director of a national consumer advocacy organization and is more than qualified to serve on ACPAC as the consumer representative.
  • User Fees, Rather than Tax Dollars, Can Promote Airport Efficiency and Lower Airfares

    March 26, 2019

    This morning, I testified before the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives at a hearing titled, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investment in our Nation’s Airports Matters.” I argued in favor of strengthening the passenger facility charge (PFC), a congressionally authorized and federally regulated local user fee that serves as an important alternative to the tax-and-spend federal Airport Improvement Program. My full written testimony is here. My opening statement is below.

    Chairman DeFazio, Ranking Member Graves, and Members of the Committee, thank...

  • Conservative Criticisms of Passenger Facility Charge Again Miss Mark

    February 11, 2019
    Our friends at the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) recently sent a letter to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in advance of a hearing on the future of infrastructure investment titled, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait.” NTU’s letter raises a number of bulleted criticisms against the passenger facility charge (PFC).
  • Would a TSA Strike Force an End to the Shutdown?

    January 22, 2019
    As the current partial federal government shutdown drags on and many federal employees continue to go without pay, some pundits have suggested that one way to end the shutdown is for Transportation Security Administration employees to strike.
  • Year in Review 2018: Transportation Policy

    December 21, 2018
    CEI had a busy year in the transportation policy trenches. We worked at the federal, state, and local levels on a variety of projects. Below are selected examples of the work we did this year to inject free-market ideas into the generally command-and-control world of transportation.
  • Rubberstamping Regulations Is Not Consumer Protection

    November 29, 2018
    Earlier this week, Tribune Publishing’s syndicated travel writer Ed Perkins criticized the appointment of CEI’s Fran Smith to the newly reconstituted Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Airline Deregulation

    October 24, 2018

    Forty years ago today on October 24, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the Airline Deregulation Act into law. This bipartisan legislation led to the elimination of price controls and route-setting by the now-abolished Civil Aeronautics Board. Since then, U.S. airline passenger volumes have increased by 210 percent—from about 250 million in 1978 to 850 million in 2017—while average inflation-adjusted airfares have fallen by more than 40 percent. 

  • Even without Air Traffic Control Reform, House FAA Bill Improvement to Status Quo

    April 16, 2018

    Last week, House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) introduced his updated Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, eliminating the air traffic control reform title, and making a small number of tweaks to his previous bill. The bad news is air traffic control modernization will continue to lag behind the rest of the industrialized world and U.S. air travelers will suffer more delays, longer flight times, and higher airfares. The good news is even without air traffic control reform, Chairman Shuster’s bipartisan legislation offers some important aviation policy improvements.

  • Rep. Dave Brat's Pro-Competitive Free to Fly Act Is a First Step in the Right Direction

    February 15, 2018
    The Free to Fly Act would eliminate a generations-old anti-competitive federal law governing domestic airline ownership.

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