A4A to Meet with Vice President Pence to Discuss COVID-19

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2020 – Airlines for America (A4A), including CEOs from several U.S. passenger carriers, are scheduled to meet tomorrow morning with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss pragmatic, efficient solutions to assist the U.S. government in addressing the coronavirus health emergency.

“We commend President Trump’s decisive action to appoint Vice President Pence to head the Administration’s continued strong leadership during this public health crisis,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “We appreciate the opportunity to meet with the Vice President and his senior team to discuss with them pragmatic, effective solutions that further our shared goal of protecting the health, safety and well-being of travelers.”

The health, safety and security of passengers and crew is – and always will be – the top priority of U.S. airlines, which is why the aviation industry has been engaged with the CDC, DOT, HHS and other federal agencies, since the early stages of this crisis. A4A has provided the U.S. government with solutions to help contain and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, even offering to pay for the implementation of a website and mobile app, which would be the quickest way to obtain verifiable and accurate contact data.

We look forward to a productive discussion and remain hopeful that the U.S. government will move forward with more effective contact tracing.

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Airlines for America (A4A) members are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and UPS. Air Canada is an associate member.

A4A advocates on behalf of the leading U.S. airlines, both passenger and cargo carriers. A4A works collaboratively with industry stakeholders, federal agencies, the Administration, Congress, labor and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.

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