Early in 1989, both civic and business leaders joined hands to obtain improved international air service to their respective communities. This leadership coalition formed a nonprofit "caucus" organization known as U.S. Airports for Better International Air Service (USA-BIAS). USA-BIAS, together with state and local officials, sought support from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to achieve its objectives. The premise for its request was based on economic development grounds. USA-BIAS sought new international air service in an attempt to expand tourism, business, foreign investment, and jobs, among other economic benefits, to its respective communities. It acknowledged the importance of maintaining a healthy U.S. airline industry, but believed there must be a device that would allow communities to seek international air service regardless of the flag which the carrier providing it flew. The DOT found USA-BIAS's proposition worthy of consideration. They elected to formulate a program with "certain well-defined condition(s)" which would enable a foreign carrier to provide additional U.S. service, even though a bilateral right supporting such authority is not granted. Today, after much public debate, this initiative culminated into a program known as the Cities Program. This paper includes: (1) The background from which international routes are awarded; (2) the organization of USA-BIAS; (3) the development and evolution of the Cities Program; and (4) an applicant and city award analysis. Following this review, the author provides his own conclusions and recommendations.

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  • Authors:
    • Fiore, D R
  • Publication Date: 1994


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  • Accession Number: 00668890
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1994 12:00AM