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Buttigieg Announces Proposed Rule to Ensure Passengers Who Use Wheelchairs Can Fly with Dignity

Feb. 29, 2024
Proposed rule would be the biggest expansion of rights for passengers who use wheelchairs since 2008.

U.S. Department of Transportation Requires Airline Lavatories to Be More Accessible for Wheelchair Users

July 27, 2023
Rulemaking finalized on 33rd anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act.

Biden-Harris Administration To Announce New Effort to Save Americans Money and Spur Competition on Air Travel

Sept. 26, 2022
New rulemaking would require airlines and airline search sites to disclose fees upfront.

USDOT Proposes New Opportunity for Low- or Ultra-Low Cost Carrier to Serve Newark-Liberty International Airport

Sept. 17, 2021
The action follows D.C. circuit court ruling and Biden’s Executive Order Promoting Competition in the American Economy.
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Joint Statement by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Transport Canada on the Nexus Between Transportation and Climate Change

Feb. 25, 2021
Recognizing the transport sector constitutes one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions for both nations, and in light of the integrated nature of our transportation...

New Members Appointed to the Drone Advisory Committee

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced new appointments to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee or DAC.“The Drone...
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U.S. Airlines April 2020 Fuel Use Down 70% in One Year

June 4, 2020
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released U.S. airlines’ April Fuel Cost and Consumption numbers.Fuel consumed by U.S. airlines...
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2016 Flight Cancellation, Mishandled Baggage, and Bumping Rates are Lowest in Decades

Feb. 14, 2017
In 2016, the carriers posted a mishandled baggage rate of 2.70 per 1,000 passengers, down from 2015’s rate of 3.13 and the lowest annual rate since DOT started collecting mishandled...

Flight Cancellations at All-Time Lows; New Discrimination Data Available

Nov. 15, 2016
Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) reports carriers canceled 0.3 percent of their scheduled domestic flights in September 2016, the lowest for any of the 261 months with comparable...
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DOT Announces Enhanced Protections for Air Travelers, Actions to Promote Airline Competition

Oct. 19, 2016
The DOT will require refunds for delayed baggage, expand he number of carriers required to report data, require reporting of data on flights operated by code-share partners, and...

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A New Era for U.S-Mexico Travel, Trade

July 25, 2016
The new agreement will benefit U.S. and Mexican travelers, airlines, businesses, airports, and communities by allowing increased market access for passenger and cargo airlines...

April 2016 Complaints Down and On-Time Performance Up From Previous Year, March 2016

June 13, 2016
In April, the DOT received 1,122 complaints about airline service from consumers, down 20.9 percent from the total of 1,419 filed in April 2015 and down 21.5 percent from the ...

BTS Statistics Release: February 2016 Passenger Airline Employment Data

April 22, 2016
U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 3.8 percent more workers in February 2016 than in February 2015. February was the highest monthly total (403,917) since August 2008....

Air France, Lufthansa, and British Airways Fined for Inadequate Responses to Disability Complaints

April 14, 2016
Air France and Lufthansa were each fined $200,000 and British Airways was fined $150,000.

BTS Statistical Release: 2015 Annual and December U.S. Airline Traffic Data

March 10, 2016
The annual 2015 load factor (83.8) was the highest for any year, up from the previous all-time high set in 2014 (83.4). The number of systemwide passengers (798.4 million) exceeded...

U.S. Department of Transportation Explicitly Bans the Use of Electronic Cigarettes on Commercial Flights

March 2, 2016
The final rule applies to all scheduled flights of U.S. and foreign carriers involving transportation in, to, and from the U.S.

Airline On-Time Performance Up From Previous Year, Month

Nov. 13, 2015
The reporting carriers posted an on-time arrival rate of 86.5 percent in September, up from both the 81.1 percent on-time rate in September 2014 and the 80.3 percent mark in August...

BTS Releases 2nd Quarter 2015 Airline Financial Data

Sept. 21, 2015
U.S. scheduled passenger airlines reported an after-tax net profit of $5.5 billion in the second quarter of 2015, up from $3.1 billion in the first quarter of 2015 and up from...

July On-Time Performance Up, Cancellations Down From Previous Year, June 2015

Sept. 10, 2015
The nation’s largest airlines posted an on-time arrival rate of 78.1 percent in July, up from both the 75.6 percent on-time rate in July 2014 and the 74.8 percent mark in June...