On Thursday, December 10, the AAI will host an Airline Roundtable where experts in antitrust and regulation from government, industry, advocacy, and academia will discuss major competition enforcement and policy issues facing the airline industry. The agenda is now available.
The Airline Roundtable will focus on challenges to competition, with the goal of refocusing antitrust and regulatory aviation policies to promote rivalry, innovation, and consumer benefits.
The past decade has been one of rapid consolidation among U.S. airlines. Four large carriers now dominate the domestic markets. Evidence of tighter capacity, rising fares and ancillary fees, and growing airline influence over distribution continue to raise concerns among competition enforcers and policymakers. A decade of consolidation and change also highlights the challenge of market entry at slot-constrained domestic airports, and the connection between domestic and international competition, with growing questions surrounding open skies agreements, airline alliances, and antitrust immunity. The Airline Roundtable will examine these issues, particularly how market participants along the supply chain are responding to competitive changes. The roundtable will also examine the tools of competition enforcement, the roles of public and private enforcement, and regulatory policy mechanisms for addressing potentially anticompetitive conduct, remedies, and promoting competition more broadly.
This event is by invitation. To request an invitation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include name, title, and organization.