Meanwhile, the Air Travel Fairness, a coalition backed by Travel Tech (online travel agencies, metasearch companies and global distribution systems), ASTA, Travelers United, and the Business Travel Coalition, hopes to get the Transportation Department to reopen a request for information on forcing airlines to more widely distribute fare and fee information beyond their own channels.

“The airlines have long enjoyed not only a close relationship with the Department of Transportation, but also with the congressional committees tasked with protecting American consumers and conducting oversight of the highly consolidated airline industry,” said Chris Grimm, executive director of Air Travel Fairness. “These relationships have emboldened the airlines to engage in unchecked anti-competitive and anti-consumer behavior, resulting in higher fares and fees and reduced transparency. With new leadership expected atop both the Senate Commerce and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, Air Travel Fairness looks forward to working with members on both sides of the aisle to ensure Congress shifts its focus from protecting carriers to protecting consumers and choice.”