The Air Transport Association (ATA), the trade association for the leading U.S. airlines, issued a statement following release of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure FAA Reauthorization Bill:
“We view the House bill with a real sense of disappointment. It does nothing to resolve record delays, growing congestion and the crisis that faces the nation’s travelers. It does little to promote a next-generation air traffic control system, raises barriers to efficiencies, imposes a multi-billion dollar new tax on airline passengers, and does not stop requiring passengers from subsidizing elite corporate-jet fliers,” said ATA President and CEO James C. May.The funding debate for the air traffic control system has been heating up lately. The issue is fees. Airline interests have been promoting the notion that wealthy individuals on golf weekends by private jet are being subsidized by airline passengers. General aviation interests counter that this image is overstated and they provide a valuable service to society.
“Nevertheless, we will continue to work with all parties on crafting a final result that rejects the current unfair passenger subsidy of corporate jets and takes the bold steps necessary to modernize our antiquated air traffic control system.”
Join ATA and its member airlines in this campaign to stop unfair corporate aviation subsidization by visiting www.smartskies.org. ATA airline members and affiliate carriers transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic.