Airlines (51 - 60 of 158 items)
Commercial Aviation: Despite Industry Turmoil, Low-Cost Airlines Are Growing and Profitable
GAO-04-837T: Published: Jun 3, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 2004.
Since 2001, the U. S. airline industry has confronted financial losses of previously unseen proportions. From 2001 through 2003, the industry reported losses of about $23 billion, and two of the nation's largest airlines went into bankruptcy. Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. government has provided struggling airlines with $7.0 billion in direct assistance and many billions more in indirect assi...
Federal Aviation Administration: Challenges for Transforming Into a High-Performing Organization
GAO-04-770T: Published: May 18, 2004. Publicly Released: May 18, 2004.
Over the last two decades, FAA has experienced difficulties meeting the demands of the aviation industry while also attempting to operate efficiently and effectively. Now, as air traffic returns to pre- 9/11 levels, concerns have again arisen as to how prepared FAA may be to meet increasing demands for capacity, safety, and efficiency. FAA's air traffic control (ATC) modernization efforts are desi...
Summary Analysis of Federal Commercial Aviation Taxes and Fees
GAO-04-406R: Published: Mar 12, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2004.
For 2001 through the third quarter of 2003, the U.S. airline industry reported operating losses of $20.7 billion. A number of factors--including the economic slowdown, a shift in business travel buying behavior, and the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks--contributed to these losses by reducing passenger and cargo volumes and depressing fares. To improve their financial positio...
Aviation Security: Improvement still Needed in Federal Aviation Security Efforts
GAO-04-592T: Published: Mar 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2004.
The security of the nation's commercial aviation system has been a long-standing concern. Following the events of September 11, 2001, Congress enacted numerous aviation security improvements designed to strengthen aviation security, including the development of a passenger prescreening system and the federalization of airport screeners. Despite these changes, challenges continue to face the Depart...
Issues Relating to Foreign Investment and Control of U.S. Airlines
GAO-04-34R: Published: Oct 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2003.
In May 2003, the Bush Administration proposed amending the legislation that currently restricts foreign ownership of U.S. airlines, raising the allowable percentage of total foreign ownership of voting stock in U.S. airlines from 25 to 49 percent. The Department of Transportation (DOT) suggested that implementing this amendment could provide significant benefits to U.S. consumers and airlines, par...
Aviation Assistance: Information on Payments Made Under the Disaster Relief and Insurance Reimbursement Programs
GAO-03-1156R: Published: Sep 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2003.
As a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the airline industry incurred significant losses resulting from the temporary shutdown of the nation's airspace and passengers' apprehensions about flying following the attacks. The Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act (the Act) provided, among other things, $5 billion in emergency assistance to compen...
Aviation Safety: FAA Needs to Update Curriculum and Certification Requirements for Aviation Mechanics
GAO-03-317: Published: Mar 6, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2003.
The safety of millions of airline passengers depends in part on aviation mechanics--known as A&P mechanics--that are certified to inspect, service, and repair the aircraft's body (airframe) and/or engine (powerplant). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) establishes the requirements to become certified as an A&P mechanic. Concerns have been raised in the aviation industry about having a suffi...
Aviation Security: Registered Traveler Program Policy and Implementation Issues
GAO-03-253: Published: Nov 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 2002.
The aviation industry and business traveler groups have proposed the registered traveler concept as a way to reduce long waits in airport security lines caused by heightened security screening measures implemented after the September 11 terrorist attacks. In addition, aviation security experts have advocated this concept as a way to better target security resources to those travelers who might pos...
Commercial Aviation: Financial Condition and Industry Responses Affect Competition
GAO-03-171T: Published: Oct 2, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 2002.
This testimony discusses the economic state of the airline industry. Many, but not all, major U.S. passenger airlines are experiencing their second consecutive year of record financial losses. In 2001, the U.S. commercial passenger airline industry reported losses in excess of $6 billion. For 2002, some Wall Street analysts recently projected that U.S. airline industry losses will approach $7 bill...
Aviation Competition: Restricting Airline Ticketing Rules Unlikely to Help Consumers
GAO-01-831: Published: Jul 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2001.
Passengers on the same commercial airline flight may pay very different fares. This situation has led to dissatisfaction among some passengers who believe that airline ticketing practices are unfair. To reduce their cost of flying, some passengers have tried to use "hidden-city" and "back-to-back" ticketing. Hidden-city ticketing occurs when a passenger books a flight to one city but purposely dep...