PUBLIC LAW 103-272—JULY 5, 1994 108 STAT. 1151 under this section if the place has received air transportation under this section for at least 2 years and the Secretary decides the withdrawal would be in the public interest. The Secretary by regula- Regulations. tion shall prescribe standards for deciding whether the withdrawal of a designation under this subsection is in the public interest. The standards shall include the factors listed in subsection (a)(2) of this section. (g) ENDING, SUSPENDING, AND REDUCING AIR TRANSPOR- TATION.— An air carrier providing air transportation for compensation under this section may end, suspend, or reduce that transportation below the level of transportation established by the Secretary under this section only after giving the Secretary, the affected community, and the State or local government or person paying compensation under this section at least 30 days' notice before ending, suspending, or reducing the transportation. § 41737. Compensation guidelines, limitations, and claims (a) COMPENSATION GUIDELINES.— (1) The Secretary of Transportation shall prescribe guidelines governing the rate of compensation payable under this subchapter. The guidelines shall be used to determine the reasonable amount of compensation required to ensure the continuation of air service or air transportation under this subchapter. The guidelines shall— (A) provide for a reduction in compensation when an air carrier does not provide service or transportation agreed to be provided; (B) consider amounts needed by an air carrier to promote public use of the service or transportation for which compensation is being paid; and (C) include expense elements based on representative costs of air carriers providing scheduled air transportation of passengers, property, and mail on aircraft of the type the Secretary decides is appropriate for providing the service or transportation for which compensation is being provided. (2) Promotional amounts described in paragraph (1)(B) of this subsection shall be a special, segregated element of the compensation provided to a carrier under this subchapter. (b) REQUIRED FINDING.—The Secretary may pay compensation to an air carrier for providing air service or air transportation under this subchapter only if the Secretary finds the carrier is able to provide the service or transportation in a reliable way. (c) CLAIMS.— Not later than 15 days after receiving a written claim from an air carrier for compensation under this subchapter, the Secretary shall— (1) pay or deny the United States Government's share of a claim; and (2) if denying the claim, notify the carrier of the denial and the reasons for the denial. (d) AUTHORITY TO MAKE AGREEMENTS AND INCUR OBLIGA- TIONS. —(1) The Secretary may make agreements and incur obligations from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund established under section 9502 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 9502) to pay compensation under this subchapter. An agreement by the Secretary under this subsection is a contractual obligation of the Government to pay the Government's share of the compensation.
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