A STUDY OF THE CIVIL AERONAUTICS BOARD POLICY TOWARD ROUTE STRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT OF DOMESTIC TRUNK CARRIERS.
TENNESSEE UNIV KNOXVILLE
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The study investigates the Civil Aeronautics Boards policy toward developing an economically sound airtransportation system through the selection of air carriers for new routes. This was accomplished by 1 tracing the evolution of section 401 of the Act and the Boards responsibility therefor 2 establishing the Boards policy toward selecting a carrier for a new route 3 showing what effect the courts have had on Board route policy and, 4 comparing Board policy in recent southern route development with previous route policy. Conclusions are that 1 the Board is to promote a financially strong air-transportation industry capable of meeting the needs of the Post Office, commercial interests of the country, and national defense, 2 the Board does not have the power to predetermine a route system in advance and to tell each carrier the routes it must operate over, 3 a sound air-transportation system must be in existence before the public can derive the benefits of good transportation service, 4 direct route competition has been one of the Boards major problems, and 5 the Board has realistically followed the guidance set forth in the Act.