WASHINGTON, September 27, 2017 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today urged Congress to take swift action to pass legislation extending the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) charter to ensure our nation’s air travel system does not shutdown like it did in 2011.
“Air travel is vital to our economy every day. Millions of passengers, leisure and business, are booked to fly in the coming days and weeks as are hundreds of thousands of tons of critically important cargo. All would be severely impacted by a shutdown of the FAA. Similarly, the industry’s significant relief efforts to get supplies to, and people out of, hurricane damaged areas would also be undermined,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “There is too much at stake and too many lives on the line to allow our nation’s aviation sector to be brought to the brink of an unnecessary shutdown. We urge both chambers of Congress to prioritize passing an FAA extension that keeps our controllers in the tower and our skies open for flying.”
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.7 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.