Nov 10, 2016: Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organisation for the leading US airlines, congratulates President-Elect Donald Trump on his historic election as the 45th president of the United States.
As noted in his acceptance speech and during his campaign, Trump’s $1 trillion plan to improve infrastructure is a first 100 days priority and recognised as a growth engine for creating high-paying, skilled jobs that move our economy forward.
“We look forward to working with the Transition Team on strengthening our infrastructure in the sky to meet the nation’s growing demands on the ground,” said Nicholas E Calio, president and CEO, A4A.
“The current US Air Traffic Control (ATC) system, while safe, is an inefficient relic of the 1940s. We’re eager to work with President-Elect Trump to transform it to reduce delays for the 2.2 million passengers and 50,000 tonnes of cargo that fly every day, while accommodating future growth and demand for travel and shipping.”
The US airline industry supports 10 million jobs and drives 5 percent of the total US economy each day. It connects people and goods to the global economy in a way no other industry can.
“Our ability to create more jobs and help fuel economic growth is possible only if we’re operating within a National Airspace (NAS) infrastructure that is designed for the future,” Calio said.
“Our vision for a modernised NAS includes reforming the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system so that politics don’t impede hiring and training more air traffic controllers and equipping our facilities with technology used by more than 50 countries around the world. We want to see a reliable ATC funding model – funded by the system users, not political gamesmanship – so that we can plan for the long-term capital improvements the system needs to grow.”
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in US economic activity and more than 10 million US jobs.
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.