Nolan Amendments to Boost Airline Passenger Rights and Fully Fund Small Community Air Service Development Program Passes As Part of FAA Reauthorization
[WASHINGTON D.C.] The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to pass a 5-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill (H.R.302). The legislation included two bipartisan amendments from Congressman Rick Nolan - a “one-pager” consumer bill of rights and a provision that restores full funding for the Small Community Air Service Development Program to $10 million.
Nolan, a Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, noted, “These amendments are big wins for airline passengers and airports in rural communities. They will help protect passenger’s rights and keep rural communities connected by expanding air services in regions where access is limited.”
Nolan’s “one-pager” consumer bill of rights, requires airlines to provide a simple, one-page explanation of compensation when flights are cancelled or delayed, passengers are denied boarding due to overbooking, or when bags are lost. This amendment provides a long overdue fix to make airline travel a little easier for everyone.
Nolan pointed out that airline passengers pay good hard-earned money to get from one place to another and they deserve to know what their rights are when problems transpire without having to sift through thousands of pages of complex online documents. A simple, one-page explanation of their consumer rights is common sense.
Nolan noted that his second amendment will restore full funding for the Small Community Air Service Development Program to $10 million, which was initially cut by $4.8 million. This program provides grant subsidies for airports in smaller rural communities looking to create new air service, or expand current air service in places where access to the national air transportation system is limited. For example, Duluth International Airport is currently seeking support from the program to begin flights to Phoenix Mesa Airport, a connection that should benefit commerce and tourism for both cities.