WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, released the following statement on the White House announcement to improve the U.S. entry process to be “best in class.”
“Travel and tourism is America’s largest and most important services export and our members are committed to further enhancing the critical role air travel, tourism and shipping play as key drivers of U.S. job creation and economic growth,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “Airlines are adding seats to the market to accommodate the growing demand for air travel, including more international seats than ever before and the highest number of domestic seats in seven years. We commend the White House’s national goal for making the arrival experience more welcoming and efficient and remain committed to working with the Administration on our shared goal of reducing wait times, while growing and improving U.S. air travel.”
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.4 million passengers and more than 58,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) 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 competitiveness.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor, Congress, the Administration and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.