Friday, 19 August 2005
Update on airline codesharing
Back in March 2005, I reported here in my blog and in my e-mail newsletter on the USA Department of Transportation (DOT) solicitaiton of public comments on the practice of airline codesharing (labelling a flight actually operated by one airline with the flight number of a different airline).
Other public comments can be viewed and downloaded from the online DOT docket index for this rulemaking.
On the good side, the DOT analysis of the comments acknowledged that:
Over half of the comments received from individuals ... used the occasion to opine that, as a general matter, the practice of code sharing, in and of itself, is deceptive and misleading and can lead to customer confusion. In addition, a few individual commenters argued that code sharing should be altogether abolished.
On the bad side, the DOT decided to ignore the prevailing opinion of the travelling public that codesharing is, and should be prohibited as, fraud:
[W]e wish to note our disagreement with the commenters who opined that code sharing is inherently deceptive. The prohibition of the practice is far beyond the scope contemplated in this proceeding.... Furthermore, as a matter of policy, the Department has long held that code sharing is not inherently unfair or deceptive.
Instead, the DOT promulgated a final rule that went even further than the airlines had originally requested in reducing the extent to which airlines have to disclose codesharing in their print and Internet advertising.Link | Posted by Edward on Friday, 19 August 2005, 21:21 ( 9:21 PM)