Blog: Aviation is good, but not a "public good"

07/16/2010 |

Bill Swelbar, an aviation expert at MIT, surveys the current anti-airline mood in Washington, especially the notion that airlines are a "public good" that must be heavily regulated. While airlines "do bring a lot of good to publics of all sizes," Swelbar writes, they are not a public good in the traditional sense, and over-regulation can be dangerous. "More taxes, fees and regulation will only ensure that communities will suffer a death by a thousand paper cuts because increased airline costs has to eventually mean fewer airports served," he warns.

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