AIRLINES: No Cheers for Decontrol

President Ford, who has been drawing ringing cheers from audiences of businessmen by promising to get the Government "off your back," took a first step last week toward making good on his rhetoric. He sent to Congress a plan to loosen greatly federal control of airlines—the tightly regulated industry —with the aim of introducing enough new competition to lower fares significantly. The response to this plan could not have been more different from that to Ford's speeches: airline executives forecast disaster if the President's proposed reforms ever go fully into effect, and...

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