Airline industry’s future is topic of public forum

The “Future of the Airline Industry” will be the topic of a public forum from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 31 in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom in Anheuser-Busch Hall.

The discussion will be timely because it comes one day before American Airlines implements a major downsizing of its St. Louis hub, a reduction expected to cut the airline’s daily departing flights from 417 to 207.

The program will begin with an address on “Federal Policy and the Future of the Airline Industry” by Michael Levine, noted authority on airline industry trends. His talk will be followed by panel discussions that will address challenges to federal policy toward airlines and will explore St. Louis airline industry issues, including economic implications of the hub reduction.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will start promptly at 8 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy.

For more information, contact Melinda Warren (935-5652; or go online to

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