Open Skies? March 2, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in physics life, travel.
It sounds like the trade reps in Europe and the US have finally figured out how to do Open Skies. This would be fantastic. There is a flight that leaves from Seattle, stops in Chicago, and then flies to London. It is the same flight number. But in Chicago the plane changes, the crew changes, and usually 99% of the passengers change. Why is it still called the same flight? Because of trade agreements that limit the number of planes that can traverse the Atlantic from any one city to any other city.
Open Skies is the deregulation of trans-atlantic travel. Any airline can travel to and from any city — as long as they can get a spot in the airports busy schedule!
”Any agreement…would provide enormous benefits to airline passengers,” David Stempler, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Air Travelers Association said.
That would be so true! I also hope that prices will drop. This is currently one of the largest expenses for trips of a week to CERN. Trips to Fermilab are equally spread out in housing, car, and air.
Of course, any drop in price also means that they will stop offering free soda’s on transatlantic flights. 😦