Published at Monday, April 01st, 2019 - 06:10:46 AM. Type of airline. By Amet Franke.
Ultimately the federal government provided $4.6 billion in one-time subject-to-income-tax cash payments to 427 U.S. air carriers with no provision for repayment essentially a gift from the taxpayers. (Passenger carriers operating scheduled service received approximately $4 billion subject to tax.) 48 In addition the ATSB approved loan guarantees to six airlines totaling approximately $1.6 billion. Data from the U.S. Treasury Department show that the government recouped the $1.6 billion and a profit of $339 million from the fees interest and purchase of discounted airline stock associated with loan guarantees.
In the 1990s open skies agreements became more common. These agreements take many of these regulatory powers from state governments and open up international routes to further competition. Open skies agreements have met some criticism particularly within the European Union whose airlines would be at a comparative disadvantage with the United States because of cabotage restrictions.
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