U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement reacting to the announced introduction of the ‘Real Transparency in Airfares Act’ by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.):
“I’m encouraged that members of both chambers continue to work on the airfare transparency issue, because so far there hasn’t been consensus on what ‘transparency’ truly means.
“Travelers are clear that the full price of airline tickets is one of their top concerns when deciding whether and how to travel. If airline ticket sellers want to be able to show travelers all of the taxes and fees associated with the ticket price, there’s nothing stopping them from doing that right now. But by no means should we undo the existing rule that enables consumers to see the full bottom-line price when they’re ticket shopping. They should have all of the information at their disposal.”
To reiterate, we in the travel community will fight for three basic principles in any changes to aviation fee structures. One, transparency, so consumers can clearly see all of what they're paying for. Two, value, so consumers are assured that the dollars they spend are coming back to them in the form of services and amenities. Three, efficiency, so that the travel experience is free of hassles at every stage, from when a traveler purchases their ticket online to when they step out to the curb at their destination.”
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