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Progress Report: State Airfare Contract Reinstated in 1999 After 1998 Suspension Failed to Produce Results, Report No. 00-21, December 2000
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  • At the suggestion of local officials who contended that the state term contract for air carrier service might be a disincentive for airlines for improving service to Tallahassee, the 1998 Legislature authorized the Department of Management Services to suspend the contract.
  • Our 1999 report found that the suspension failed to produce all the desired results. The number of commercial flights at the Tallahassee airport did increase slightly, although jet service declined, and the cost of fares charged the public did not materially change.  However, state air travel costs increased substantially. The 1999 Legislature rescinded the initiative, and the department entered into a new contract in December 1999.
  • The new contract provides standardized airfares for government travel and fully unrestricted and refundable tickets.  However, the contract fares are not necessarily the least expensive available for travel to certain cities.
  • While the availability of commercial airline service in Tallahassee decreased overall since our 1999 report, the City of Tallahassee has recruited a new air carrier, Northwest Airlink.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 98-70 Preliminary Review of the Suspension of the State Contract for Air Carrier Service for Flights to and from Tallahassee, published in February 1999.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Management Services, Support Program, Purchasing Oversight

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