H.R. 3160 (105th): Airline Competition and Lower Fares Act

Feb 04, 1998 (105th Congress, 1997–1998)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Charles “Chuck” Schumer
Representative for New York's 9th congressional district
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Last Updated
Feb 04, 1998
11 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 2748 (Related)
Airline Service Improvement Act of 1998

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Jun 25, 1998


This bill was introduced on February 4, 1998, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Feb 04, 1998
Referred to Committee Feb 04, 1998
Full Title

To enhance competition between airlines and reduce airfares, and for other purposes.


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6 cosponsors (5D, 1R) (show)

House Transportation and Infrastructure


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Airline Competition and Lower Fares Act - Directs the Secretary of Transportation to determine whether the demand among air carriers for slots at LaGuardia Airport, O'Hare International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Metropolitan Washington Airport (commonly known as Washington National Airport) can be met with the slots available to the Secretary. Requires the Secretary, if the demand among dominant air carriers for slots at such an airport cannot be met with the slots available to the Secretary, to withdraw from such carriers up to ten percent of such slots at that airport for redistribution to new entrants and limited incumbents through auction on a competitive bidding basis, as long as the redistribution of the additional slots significantly increases competition between air carriers.
Prohibits withdrawal of any slots used for international flights or for direct flights to a low-competition airport.
Section 4 -
Prohibits slots obtained under this Act from being considered an asset (including for collateral) for any agreement which would require its forfeiture, or in any bankruptcy proceeding.
Section 5 -
Directs the Secretary to complete action on all complaints alleging predatory practices by air carriers that were filed with the Secretary on or before December 31, 1997, and after such date, but before the enactment of this Act. Directs the Secretary, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, to enjoin any action that is found to be a predatory practice. Directs the Secretary to report biannually to the Congress about such complaints.
Section 8 -
Directs the Secretary to initiate a rulemaking to determine whether the application of the 80-percent rule with respect to the allocation of airport slots promotes, hinders, or has no effect on airline competition. Directs the Secretary to report annually to the Congress on barriers to entry, predatory pricing, and other limits on competition in the aviation industry.
Section 9 -
Prohibits the Secretary from issuing or approving any regulation or exemption in carrying out this Act which would increase airplane noise in communities surrounding an airport.
Section 10 -
Amends Federal aviation law provisions prohibiting State regulation of air prices, routes, and services to declare that such provisions shall not bar a cause of action brought against an air carrier by one or more private parties seeking to enforce any right under the common law of any State or State statute, other than a statute purporting to directly prescribe fares, routes, or levels of air transportation service.

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