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MS 106.3.3.4.2 Aviation 1979-1996 8 boxes

Arranged alphabetically. As a result of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1976 (passed by Congress in 1978), carriers nationwide started to abandon air service at smaller communities in favor of new routes in more lucrative markets. This resulted in a loss of service throughout New England. The New England Regional Commission held hearings throughout New England in order to determine essential air service for smaller communities. Records related to the determination of essential air service are included here. Other files in this category deal with reuse plans for the Charleston Air Force Base and several issues concerning the Bangor International Airport. One of these is a 1990s controversy concerning restrictions against international airline carriers enroute to Cuba to stop in Bangor for refueling and maintenance. These restrictions were due to the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba.

Other records document legislative initiatives co-sponsored by Senator Cohen, such as: · S. 764, the Air Travelers Security Act, a 1984 bill designed to assure the continued protection of the traveling public in the marketing of air transportation. · S. 2177, a 1988 bill designed to amend the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 to provide for use of the nation's airports on a cost-recovery basis.

Records include legislative memos, Cohen's statements, and correspondence from the U.S. and Maine Departments of Transportation, the Air Transport Association, the Regional Airline Association, and the Maine Congressional Delegation.
Access to some of the records in this sub series is restricted until 2017. Consult the Special Collections Department for further information.


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