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Summer Looks Busy for 1996 Space-Available Travel

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 9, 1996 – Air Force Air Mobility Command officials said they expect an increase in space-available travel this summer. These requests are in addition to the annual summer move season.

Summer is traditionally a busy space-available travel season. In addition to the many vacationers taking advantage of flights, family members attending college are authorized space-available flights to join their parents in overseas assignments. However, Air Force officials said they believe this year could be even busier because of new travel categories authorized last year.

"This summer is also our first opportunity to see the impact of DoD's decision to extend unaccompanied space-available travel to command-sponsored family members," said Air Force Maj. Gregory V. White, chief of the command's international passenger operations.

DoD's policy change also affects family members traveling in the United States. They may now accompany sponsors on emergency leave. Another change allows one family member to travel with a sponsor during permissive temporary duty for house hunting.

Air Force Lt. Col. James Zupan, the command's passenger and traffic management chief, said the new travel eligibility policy change will not affect how the command runs the space-available travel program. All eligible passengers compete for seats based on travel category, date and time of sign up, he said.

Space-A opportunities happen only when there is space on an aircraft left over after all official passengers and cargorequirements are met, said White. "The Department of Defense does not allow flights to be scheduled solely for space-available travel purposes."

(From an Air Force Air Mobility Command Release.)

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