Senate to hold hearings on airline consolidation, freight rail

Lawmakers have expressed concern that the merger, as well other airline combinations in recent years, will result in fewer flights to airports in their districts. 

The Senate committee is scheduled to hear testimony next Wednesday from the Department of Transportation’s Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs Susan Kurland, the Government Accountability Office’s Director of Civil Aviation Issues Gerald Dillingham, and representatives from U.S. Airways and American Airlines.

Consumer Travel Alliance Director Charlie Leocha is also scheduled to testify before the panel.

The Senate Transportation Committee will also hold a hearing on Wednesday of next week about “next steps in improving passenger and freight rail safety,” officials with the panel announced on Thursday.