In 2000, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) in association with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) presented findings in a 1999 report entitled "Airport Business Practices and Their Impact on Airline Competition" described the difficulties associated with expanding competition at the nations airports.
Based on the findings, the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21) was enacted in the interest of promoting more airline competition, mandating that airports dominated by one or two airlines with more than fifty (50) percent of airport activity be required to submit a report to the USDOT/FAA describing the business practices of the operator and the steps being taken to remove any practices identified to be detrimental to the survivability of new market entry airlines.
In Houston, both Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airport are subject to this legislation. Continental Airlines meets the criteria of dominant airline at Intercontinental Airport, while Southwest Airline meets the dominant carrier criteria at Hobby Airport.
The Houston Airport System completed its first Airline Competition Plan in 2000 describing the actions HAS is taking to promote and create an environment that provides competitive service opportunities at its airports.
The report is available below for download in pdf format:
2002 Airline Competition Plan Update
[File size: 1.1 MB]
2004 Airline Competition Plan Update
[File Size: 4.9 MB]
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