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[Act of June 29, 1948, 62 Stat. 1097]

AN ACT

To provide for an air parcel-post service, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the rate of postage on mailable matter exceeding eight ounces in weight, but not weighing more than than seventy pounds nor measuring more than one hundred inches in length and girth combined, when

carried by air and including other transportation to and from air-mail routes, shall, except as otherwise herein provided, be determined on the basis of the eight postal zones established for fourth-class matter, as follows:

(1) For delivery within the first or second zones, 55 cents for the first pound, or fraction of a pound in excess of eight ounces, plus 4 cents for each additional pound or fraction thereof.

(2) For delivery within the third zone, 60 cents for the first pound, or fraction of a pound in excess of eight ounces, plus 8 cents for each additional pound or fraction thereof.

(3) For delivery within the fourth zone, 65 cents for the first pound, or fraction of a pound in excess of eight ounces, plus 14 cents for each additional pound or fraction thereof.

(4) For delivery within the fifth zone, 70 cents for the first pound, or fraction of a pound in excess of eight ounces, plus 24 cents for each additional pound or fraction thereof.

(5) For delivery within the sixth zone, 75 cents for the first pound, or fraction of a pound in excess of eight ounces, plus 33 cents for each additional pound or fraction thereof.

(6) For delivery within the seventh zone, 75 cents for the first pound, or fraction of a pound in excess of eight ounces, plus 45 cents for each additional pound or fraction thereof.

(7) For delivery within the eighth zone, which, with respect to air parcel post, shall include all offices located in continental United States beyond the seventh zone, 80 cents for the first pound or fraction thereof over eight ounces, plus 65 cents for each additional pound or fraction thereof.

(8) For air parcels exchanged between offices in continental United States and offices in Territories and possessions of the United States, in either direction, and between offices within such Territories and possessions, the applicable zone rate shown in paragraphs (1) to (6) of this section shall apply to and including the seventh zone : Provided, That for offices falling in the eighth zone the rate of postage for air parcels weighing in excess of eight ounces shall be 80 cents for each pound or fraction thereof.

(9) Mailable matter of light weight in relation to size shall be subject to such surcharge as may be determined by the Postmaster General to be warranted by reason of the extra space and care required in handling and transporting such mail matter.

(10) The Postmaster General is authorized and directed to make such rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 (52 Stat. 973), as amended, or any order, rule, or regulation made by the Civil Aeronautics Board thereunder, as may be necessary for the safe and expeditious transportation by air of mail matter weighing in excess of eight ounces.

(11) The Postmaster General is further authorized and directed for the period of two years, notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (1) to (9), inclusive, of this section, to adjust from time to time the weight limit, size, rate of postage, zone or zones or conditions, or either, in order to promote the service to the public and assure the receipt of revenue from such service adequate to pay the cost thereof.

SEC. 2. The Postmaster General is hereby authorized, in the disbursement of the appropriation for domestic air-mail service, to apply a part thereof to the purpose of leasing suitable quarters at public airports for use in the handling and distribution of air mail at a reasonable rental to be paid quarterly or monthly, for a term not exceeding twenty years.

SEC. 3. Section 1 of the Act of August 14, 1946 (Public Law 730, Seventy-ninth Congress, second session), entitled “Àn Act to fix thé rate of postage on domestic air mail, and for other purposes”, is hereby amended to read as follows:

“The rate of postage on domestic air mail weighing eight ounces or less shall be 5 cents for each ounce or fraction thereof: Provided, That the rate of postage on air mail of the first class weighing in excess of eight ounces shall be the rate provided for air parcels but in no case shall be less than 3 cents an ounce or fraction thereof."

SEC. 4. This Act shall take effect on the first day of the third month following the month of enactment.

ALASKA EMERGENCY MAIL SERVICE

[Act of February 21, 1925, 43 Stat. 960; as amended by Act of Au

gust 24, 1935, 49 Stat. 1944; Act of August 20, 1937, 50 Stat. 725; Act of June 23, 1938, (Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938), 52 Stat. 973)

AN ACT

Authorizing the Postmaster General to provide emergency mail service in

Alaska

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled [39 U. S. C. 488], That the Postmaster General may provide difficult or emergency mail service in Alaska, at a total annual cost of not exceeding $25,000, including the establishment and equipment of relay stations, in such manner as he may think advisable, without advertising therefor: Provided, That the Postmaster General, in his discretion, may fix the postage for the mails carried, or any part thereof, by aircraft to, from, or within Alaska, at rates not exceeding in any case 30 cents per ounce or 15 cents per half ounce, notwithstanding the domestic air. mail rate authorized by the Act of June 12, 1934 (39 U. S. C., 463, 1934 edition). (As amended by section 1107 (d) of the Civil Aeronautics Act.)

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS IN THE TRANSPORTA

TION OF MAIL IN ALASKA

[Act of October 14, 1940, 54 Stat. 1175]

AN ACT

Authorizing special arrangements in the transportation of mail within the

Territory of Alaska Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled [39 U. S. C. 488a], That whenever required by the Postmaster General, any air carrier authorized by the Civil Aeronautics Authority under title IV of the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 to engage in the transportation of mail in the Territory of Alaska shall, within the limits of such authorization, transport, in addition to mail on which postage shall have been paid at the rate provided by the Act of June 12, 1934 (48 Stat. 933), as amended, any other classes of mail bearing the appropriate postage for its respective class, and the Postmaster General is authorized to require such transportation. The rates of compensation to be paid such carrier for the transportation of all mail shall be fixed by the Civil Aeronautics Authority in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938, approved June 23, 1938 (52 Stat. 973). When in the opinion of the Postmaster General the needs of the Postal Service require the transportation of mail by aircraft in the Territory of Alaska, where no transportation of mail by aircraft has been authorized by the Civil Aeronautics Authority under title IV of the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938, the Postmaster General, notwithstanding any other provision of law, is authorized to contract for the carriage of all classes of mail bearing the appropriate postage for its respective class by aircraft after advertisement in accordance with law. The transportation of mail under contracts entered into under this Act shall not, except for sections 401 (1) and 416 (b) of the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938, be deemed to be "air transportation" as that term is defined in the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938, and the rates of compensation for such transportation of mail shall not be fixed under that Act. The Postmaster General shall transmit a copy of each contract made pursuant to this Act to the Civil Aeronautics Authority at the time it is let. Any such contract shall be canceled upon the issuance by the Civil Aeronautics Authority of an authorization under said title IV of the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 to any air carrier to engage in the transportation of mail by aircraft between any of the points named in such contract. That the Postmaster General in his discretion, may fix the postage for the mails carried, or any part thereof, by aircraft to, from, or within Alaska, at rates not exceeding in any case 30 cents per ounce or 15 cents per

half

ounce, notwithstanding any other provision of law.

SEC. 2 [39 U. s. C. 4886) Payment for services pursuant to contracts entered into by the Postmaster General under authority of this Act shall be made from the appropriation for star route service in Alaska.

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ALASKAN AIRPORTS

[Act of May 28, 1948, 62 Stat. 277]

AN ACT

To authorize the construction, protection, operation, and maintenance of public

airports in the Territory of Alaska.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Administrator of Civil Aeronautics (hereinafter referred to as the "Administrator") is hereby authorized and directed to construct, protect, operate, improve, and maintain within the Territory of Alaska a public airport at or near Anchorage and a public airport at or near Fairbanks (including all buildings and other structures necessary or desirable therefor) adequate for the needs of the air-transportation services and air commerce of the United States serving the Territory of Alaska and foreign countries by way of points within the Territory of Alaska.

SEC. 2. For the purpose of carrying out this Act the Administrator is authorized to acquire by purchase, lease, condemnation, or otherwise (including transfer with or without compensation from Federal agencies or the Territory of Alaska or any political subdivision thereof), such lands and appurtenances thereto as may be necessary or desirable for the construction, protection, maintenance, improvement, and operation of said airports.

Sec. 3. For the purpose of this Act the Administrator is empowered to acquire by purchase, lease, condemnation, or otherwise (including transfer with or without compensation from Federal agencies or the Territory of Alaska or any political subdivision thereof), rights-ofway or easements for roads, trails, pipe lines, power lines, railroad spurs, and other similar facilities necessary or desirable for the proper operation of the airports.

The Administrator is authorized to construct any public highways or bridges from the cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks to whatever airport locations may be selected. Upon completion said highways and bridges shall be transferred to the Territory of Alaska without charge and thereafter be maintained by the Territory.

SEC. 4. The Administrator shall have control over and responsibility for the care, operation, maintenance, improvement, and protection of the airports, together with the power to make and amend such rules and regulations as he may deem necessary to the proper exercise thereof: Provided, That the authority herein contained may be delegated by the Administrator to such official or officials of the Civil Aeronautics Administration within the Territory of Alaska as the Administrator may designate.

Sec. 5. The Administrator is empowered to lease under such conditions as he may deem proper and for such periods as may be desirable

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