Published at Tuesday, April 02nd, 2019 - 08:12:31 AM. Type of airline. By Ailse Hahn.
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.
Although US airline deregulation was initially envisioned as leading to an increased number of carriers whose divergent service concepts market segments fleets and route structures would have produced new competition stimulated traffic and lowered fares it ultimately came full cycle and only resulted in virtual monopoly. Three distinct stages occurred during its evolution.
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