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Trump Administration Orders Suspension of Air Service Between U.S. and Venezuela

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With the approval of the Secretary of State and in close coordination with the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has issued an order today suspending air service between the United States and Venezuela. Federal law authorizes the Secretary of Transportation, with the approval of the Secretary of State, to take immediate action to suspend ...

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Air Travel Consumer Report: January 2019 Numbers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today released its March 2019 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on marketing and reporting air carrier data compiled for the month of January 2019. Complaints About Airline Service In January 2019, DOT received 878 complaints about airline service from consumers, down 39.5 percent from the total of 1,452 filed in January 2018 and down 12.3 ...

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DOT Announces Special Committee to Review FAA’s Aircraft Certification Process

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the establishment of an expert Special Committee to review the procedures of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the certification of new aircraft, including the Boeing 737 MAX. “Safety is the number one priority of the Department, and this review by leading outside experts will help determine if improvements can be ...

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At South by Southwest, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Announces Launch of Council to Support Emerging Transportation Technology

AUSTIN, TX – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced the creation of the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council, an internal deliberative body at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) tasked with identifying and resolving jurisdictional and regulatory gaps that may impede the deployment of new technology, such as tunneling, hyperloop, autonomous vehicles, and other innovations. ...

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DOT Fines Delta Air Lines and American Airlines for Violating Tarmac Delay Rule

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined American Airlines $1 million and Delta Air Lines $750,000 for violating federal statutes and the Department’s rule prohibiting long tarmac delays. DOT’s Aviation Enforcement Office investigation revealed that ten domestic and three international flights operated by American at various airports throughout the United States violated the Department’s tarmac delay rule ...

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