Welcome to the Department of Justice, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller

For immediate release -- Tuesday, September 22, 1998.

Deadline Friday for Consumers and Businesses to File
Comments on Airline Pricing and Competition

The U.S. DOT is collecting information about anti-competitive practices. Iowans can submit comments via Attorney General's Office.

DES MOINES. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is encouraging Iowans to tell their stories to the U.S. Department of Transportation if they have been victims of unfair competition in the airline industry.

Miller said the formal comment period ends Friday. He said Iowa consumers and businesses may file their views directly or through his office.

"It's very helpful when we demonstrate the damage caused by unfair competition to our citizens and business community as well as to economic development," Miller said.

"The guidelines proposed by the DOT would spell out what constitutes unfair and illegal competition in the airline industry. Therefore, the DOT is seeking information to substantiate the negative impact of anti-competitive practices on businesses, leisure travelers, and regional economic development," he said.

"For example," Miller said, "one Iowa consumer told us that the Des Moines-Chicago leg of a trip to Germany cost more than the Chicago-to-Germany leg."

Miller has led a group of about two dozen states in filing two sets of comments arguing that the major airlines have used unfair competition to dominate low-cost airlines and force them out of the market in Iowa and elsewhere. The States are working closely with DOT to build a strong base of information demonstrating the need for implementing the guidelines.

Comments may be mailed directly to: Room PL-401, Docket OST-98-3713, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, 400 Seventh St., SW, Washington, D.C. 20590. The DOT web site can be reached at: U.S. DOT