Path to 21st Century Air Traffic Control Infrastructure Reflected in White House Budget

Airlines for America Applauds President’s Visionary Leadership on
Reforming ATC

for America
 (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading
U.S. airlines,
today applauded the Trump Administration’s visionary leadership in
recognizing the need to modernize our air traffic control (ATC)
infrastructure. The President’s 2018 Budget (page 35):

“Initiates a multi-year reauthorization proposal to shift the air
traffic control function of the Federal Aviation Administration to an
independent, non-governmental organization, making the system more
efficient and innovative while maintaining safety. This would benefit
the flying public and taxpayers overall.”

“This is a bold step that will lead to the governance and funding
reforms needed to move our air traffic control infrastructure into the 21st
century,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “Our system is
safe, but it is outdated and not as efficient as it should – or could –
be. We need to stop accepting pockets of progress and put in place a
modernized system that better serves the traveling and shipping public.”

A4A has consistently advocated for reforming our nation’s ATC system by
separating the service provider function from the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) and putting it under an independent, not-for-profit
entity funded by system users. This approach gets politics out of the
way by guaranteeing a predictable and reliable funding stream that
allows for long-term capital improvements that will be used to modernize
the ATC system. It also enables the FAA to focus on what it does best:
regulate safety.

Unnecessary flight delays that are often the result of outdated,
WWII-era technology and procedures cost the United States and traveling
public an estimated $25
in 2016 alone. The benefits of a modernized ATC
infrastructure include: enhanced safety, reduced delays, fuel savings,
reduced emissions, increased capacity and greater operational
efficiency. In addition, a secure, predictable funding stream will
remove external constraints that have led to the FAA routinely missing
its air traffic controller hiring goals.

A January 2017 survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs (commissioned by
A4A) found that nearly eight in 10 Americans support modernizing ATC to
ensure the system can keep pace with modernization efforts as long as
the FAA retains oversight of safety.

See this fact
on why our ATC system needs reform so that we can
modernize effectively.
Download the
2017 Status of Air Travel in the United States Presentation and 
view Ipsos
top line findings.


Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic
activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. Airlines for America (A4A)
vigorously advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a
model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and
as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global

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. A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor groups,
Congress and the Administration to improve air travel for everyone.

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Airlines for America (A4A)
Kathy Grannis Allen
Director, Airline Industry Public Relations and Communications
Managing Director, Government and Regulatory Communications
Vice President, Communications