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Government should raise rates for mail shipments, ATA says. The government's delay in raising rates for mail shipments is hurting airlines because the carriers cannot cover higher fuel expenses, Air Transport Association President and CEO James May said. The delay is causing "significant financial harm" to the carriers, he said. Jun 9, 2006

US Congress will permit the Dept. of Transportation to move forward with its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that is intended to ease how the department interprets foreign control of US airlines. On Wednesday, both the Senate and House agreed to drop language from a supplemental appropriations bill that would have delayed the rule through the Sept. 30 end of the current fiscal year to permit Congress to study the issue. In response to negative comments regarding the original proposal, DOT in May issued a revised NPRM it said ensures that areas involving safety, security and national defense obligations will remain under the control of US carrier decision-makers. Jun 9, 2006

Lawmakers will not block foreign investment plan. Lawmakers have decided not to block a White House plan allowing foreign investors to have more control of U.S. airlines. The decision will allow the U.S. and EU to negotiate an open skies treaty. Jun 8, 2006

Open-skies pacts increase air traffic: Deregulation of air service agreements between countries has helped increase air traffic up to 35%, according to a new study. Deregulating 320 additional routes would boost traffic nearly 63%, the study found. Jun 8, 2006

New ATC system would allow carriers to fly direct routes. A new air traffic control system would allow pilots to fly the most direct route to their destination. "It would require less fuel and less crew time, and we could build more connections into the schedule. Then our product becomes more appealing versus a train or a car," Air Transport Association chief economist John Heimlich said. Jun 5, 2006
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