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Clarification of Guidance on Public Charter Operations and Prospectuses

On November 13, 2012, the Department’s Office of International Aviation and Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings issued a joint notice regarding future filings under 14 CFR Part 380, the Department’s rule on public charters and enforcement policy under those rules. That notice, which was an effort to prevent the kind of harm to consumers that took place when the charter operator Southern Sky Air & Tours, LLC d/b/a Direct Air ceased service, explained that the Department would in the future not approve prospectuses under Part 380 absent certain supplemental assurances designed to avoid practices evident in the Direct Air case that were in violation of the public charter rules.

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