El Salvador: Proposal to Set Air Fares

The Superintendency of Competition could set minimum and maximum transient prices for air tickets, in the national interest or because of public need.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The initiative a proposal by the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) to the Salvadoran Congress to amendment Article 22 of the Civil Aviation Act so that the Superintendency of Competition (SC) can set those rates. They even suggest that the SC be compelled to give the opinion requested.

"... The intervention by the State and the Superintendence in setting prices of air tickets is "justified" by taking into account the "market distortions" in air transport", reported Elmundo.com.sv.

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