Just so everyone's following along: the idea here is that the economy might improve soonor, as of yesterday, it might very well notand that we should raise fees now to prevent business travelers from conducting business during the business day. Which, if you think about it, kind of defeats the purpose.
The only way to make large airlines efficient is to let them use their hub-and-spoke system. Commuters are brought into a central airport throughout the early and mid-morning and then distributed to their destinations in the late morning and afternoon. This report basically concludes that the only way to make airlines efficient is to ditch the hub-and-spoke system, which, umm, is the only way to make airlines efficient.
The study isn't all bad ideas though. Researchers also recommended the creation of a government commission. Because that's what we do when we want to make something more efficient: we get a bunch of industry hacks and sit them down with a bunch of bureaucratic sloths and then we have them brainstorm. What could go wrong?
It's not that this report is partisan or ideological or anything like that. There are free market recommendations like privatizing airports right next to calls for government intervention. It's just that at some point, people will have to stop reaching for new fees every time they want to tinker with something airline-based. This is getting absurd.
[Photo: xeni / Flickr]