U.S. transport association pleas for solution to oil hike

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the major U.S. airlines, has launched a broad coalition effort urging Congress to immediately find bipartisan solutions to the surge in oil prices and decline in the U.S. economy. ATA is joined by key industries, labor and consumer groups in this initiative.In a letter sent to the Senate, the coalition urged immediate action through either the Commodity Futures Trading Commission or Congress, to ensure meaningful reforms are put in place to restore market integrity.

“This country needs a fair, transparent and balanced energy commodities market, not one that is skewed to benefit speculators and institutional investors,” the coalition wrote.

The coalition identified three priority steps:

1) Fully close all loopholes, including the “Enron Loophole” and “Swaps Loophole,” that allow institutional investors to avoid limits on the size of their investments;

2) Ensure all energy traders, including those trading on foreign boards of trade, are subject to the limits imposed on U.S. exchanges; and


3) Increase margin requirements and impose appropriate disclosure/financial requirements on institutional investors.

ATA airline members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. For additional information about the industry, visit www.airlines.org.