The Open Allies for Airfare Transparency, representing several hundred of the largest travel agencies and the Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), representing online travel companies, offered comments on the newly proposed Department of Transportation's (DOT) notice of proposed rulemaking. Both groups have members that will be impacted by the DOT's decisions.
"Open Allies and its more than 400 members are very pleased that (DOT) Secretary Foxx and the Department of Transportation have shown their commitment to protecting consumers from hidden airline fees through this rulemaking," said Andrew Weinstein, director, in a statement.
"We will review the proposal and submit more specific comments to the docket to make sure the final rule achieves its goal of enhancing airline consumer protection in the most practical and effective way for travelers and other stakeholders in travel distribution," Weinstein said.
Philip Minardi, director of Communications and Public Affairs for Travel Tech, said, "Travel Tech is encouraged by Secretary Foxx and the Department of Transportation's (DOT) expressed commitment to protecting consumers."
"Travel Tech, which represents the leading distributors of travel services is reviewing the proposal and looks forward to working with DOT to ensure that the final consumer protection rules not only protect consumers but are also practical and applicable in today's travel marketplace."