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ACANA Plays Major Role in Shaping DOT Policy
Mon, 07 Jun 2010, 18:10:19 EDT
BOSTON, Mass., June 7 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Recently, the Department of
Transportation (DOT) issued the most significant policy change concerning the air
charter brokerage industry since 2004. The Air Charter Association of North America
(ACANA), in keeping with its mission to protect the business interests of members and
to foster a compliance disposition relative to the various regulatory agencies, played a
pivotal role in shaping this recent policy shift.
In 2009 the DOT commenced a series of inquiries involving air charter brokers that were
arranging air charter services for government agencies under the aegis of a General
Services Administration (GSA) contract. The DOT's initial position deemed it against the
law for air charter brokers to act as agents of a government agency. However, for many
years the GSA had awarded specific schedules to air charter brokers under which air
charter services had been arranged. ACANA launched an aggressive campaign to inform and educate the DOT relative to the
benefits and successful history of air charter brokers assisting government agencies with arranging air charter services.
ACANA provided a single, organized and unified response on behalf of the air charter brokerage community. The association
also worked with the GSA in clarifying its position relating to government charter. Thus, on April 14, 2010 the DOT issued a
final order granting certain air charter brokers with indirect air carrier status-specifically to provide air charter services on behalf
of U.S. governmental agencies via a GSA award.
ACANA is pleased that the DOT has recognized that the air charter brokerage community continues to provide a valuable
service to government agencies. The association's role in influencing this policy change evidences its growing presence in