Prying Open The Open Skies

Reformers aim at the big airlines' hold on airports and fares

It's shaping up to be quite a 20th birthday party for airline deregulation. Two decades after Congress voted to open the skies to greater competition, the government is planning a commemoration--new rules to crack down on what it sees as anticompetitive behavior by the major carriers, and perhaps even passing new laws to protect startup airlines.

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