David Heffernan, co-chair of the firm's Aviation Team, authored the blog "'U.S. Airlines Face A Critical Legislative And Regulatory Test In 2019" for Forbes. Forty years ago, President Carter signed the Airline Deregulation Act (ADA), landmark legislation that has transformed air travel from an expensive, exclusive means of transportation to an affordable option for more Americans. Over the past 40 years, average roundtrip U.S. domestic airfares have decreased by more than 40 percent, from $629 to $340 (including fees, based on inflation-adjusted dollar amounts). However, frustration overcrowded cabins and ancillary service fees has led to calls for congressional action.
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