ALPA applauded bipartisan legislation introduced in the House today that seeks to restore the transparency of airline ticket advertisement. The Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 (H.R 4156) will improve transparency in airfare advertising by allowing advertisements for passenger air travel to list the base airfare and separately declare additional government-imposed taxes and fees.
The bill was introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV), Senior Committee Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), and Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA).
In January 2012, the Department of Transportation (DOT) introduced the regulation that prohibits airfare advertisements from highlighting the base cost of an airline ticket, mandating instead that the total cost of airfare, including government-imposed taxes and fees be included in the single price shown to the consumer.
ALPA supports the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, which further builds on previous airfare transparency efforts by Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), because it allows consumers to see the full breakdown of their ticket costs, thereby removing the often misplaced blame that airlines receive regarding airfare increases. Government-imposed taxes and fees typically constitute 21 percent of the total ticket cost, which the misguided DOT regulation hides from consumers.
Read the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 (H.R 4156) here.