U.S. Public Policy

It is a common misconception that the commercial airline industry was deregulated in 1978. Although the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 broadly relieved the industry from obtaining approval from the U.S. government on where it can fly and the prices it could charge, the federal government maintains considerable regulatory influence on the industry’s operations.

The Congress influences commercial air transportation in numerous ways, such as legislatively defining citizenship requirements that air carriers must meet before they are allowed to operate in the U.S. and by appropriating funds for the Essential Air Service program. The departments of Transportation and Homeland Security both directly influence carrier operations via rulemakings that govern such issues as passenger rights, aviation security, and customs and border processes.

InterVISTAS’ Public Policy group focuses on these broad issues and has broad experience working with clients who are facing actions that will impact their operations. Team members bring a multi-disciplinary set of skills and experiences that help clients get their voices heard in Washington. The practice includes regulatory affairs, economic analysis, communications support, and advocacy. We regularly interface with:

  • Airlines for America
  • Airports Council International – North America
  • American Association of Airport Executives
  • Brand USA
  • National Business Aviation Association
  • General Aviation Manufacturers Association
  • Congressional committee professional staff
    • House Aviation Subcommittee
    • House Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation Security Subcommittee
    • House Committee on Appropriations, Transportation Subcommittee
    • Senate Aviation Subcommittee
    • Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation Security Subcommittee
  • Government Accountability Office
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, Office of Aviation & International Affairs
  • Department of Homeland Security
    • Transportation Security Administration
    • Customs and Border Protection
  • Department of Commerce, Office of Transportation and Tourism Industries
  • Other federal departments and agencies