Airlines for America Commends Senate for Passing Measure to End Air Traffic Controller Furloughs
Senate action spares customers and shippers from lengthy and needless delays
Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, commended leadership in the U.S. Senate for passing a bill to halt air traffic controller furloughs that this week alone have delayed some 4,000 flights, impacting hundreds of thousands of customers.
On Thursday night, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that allows the Federal Aviation Administration to use surplus Airport Improvement Project grant funds to protect air traffic controllers from being furloughed as part of budget cuts related to sequestration.
“We thank Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), John Thune (R-SD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Udall (D-CO), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for their bipartisan leadership in ensuring that the two million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo that our members fly every day are not needlessly impacted by lengthy flight delays and cancellations,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “Air travel is critical to our economy and to jobs, and this measure ensures that air traffic controllers can return to work, and importantly return efficiency to the national air space.”
The “Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013” now moves to the House of Representatives for its consideration. A4A urges the House to pass this bill critical to millions of travelers and shippers, jobs and the U.S. economy on Friday, before it leaves for recess.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive more than $1 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. A4A airline members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. America needs a cohesive National Airline Policy that will support the integral role the nation’s airlines play in connecting people and goods globally, spur the nation’s economic growth and create more high-paying jobs.
Airlines for America
Katie Connell, 202-626-4034
Managing Director, Airline Industry Public Relations and Communications
Victoria Day, 202-626-4141
Managing Director, Corporate and Member Communications
Vaughn Jennings, 202-626-4209
Managing Director, Government and Regulatory Communications
Jean Medina, 202-626-4033
Senior Vice President, Communications