Mark Dunkerley, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, spoke with CNBC about the bright future of the airline industry and U.S. transportation infrastructure improvements with the upcoming administration.
When asked about the transportation impacts of the Trump Administration, Dunkerley stressed the importance of revitalizing our nation’s antiquated air traffic control (ATC) system.
“There’s a lot to be done in the infrastructure of our air traffic control system that needs reform,” Dunkerley said. “We certainly are for freeing it from the shackles that it currently lives in, subject to governmental procurement policies, the U.S. budget and so on. I think what we want to see is a reform that allows a separate organization looking after the public interest, not for private shareholders, to be able to move more nimbly than certainly ATC has done so far.”
Dunkerley also cited the recent nomination of Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation as a very positive sign, calling her a “very knowledgeable person in transportation.”
Mark Dunkerly, Hawaiin Airlines CEO, discusses Donald Trump’s impact on the industry and the future of airlines.