NEW YORK -- Travel agents in the Chattanooga, Tenn., area plan to
attend a Jan. 20 Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority board
meeting as they seek to overturn a decision to tap that city's
Apollo Travel to operate FareLine for the airport.
FareLine is a fare-quote telephone service that callers can use
to get fare information and to book travel.
Some of Apollo's competitors are angry at the airport authority
for failing to put the project out to bid and, through advertising
and other means, for allegedly discriminating against other
The airport believes it is losing customers [55% of air
travelers in its market area] to airports like Atlanta and
Nashville, where fares are sometimes a lot lower.
The Chattanooga airport wants research and data on fare
discrepancies so it can lobby airlines to even out the
It granted a one-year, $30,000 contract to Apollo Travel to operate
the telephone service, gather data and sell to callers who contact
the airport about purchasing airline tickets.
To kick off the operation, the airport in November paid for a
month-long newspaper ad campaign directing the public to
The objectors will attend an airport authority board meeting on
Jan. 20, and they will ask for the deal with Apollo to be
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