WASHINGTON, May 3, 2014 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, issued the following statement on the sudden passing of former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN), who served 18 terms in Congress:
“As a longtime chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Jim Oberstar understood well the value of air travel to jobs, the economy and connecting people and goods across the country and the world,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “He worked tirelessly on behalf of establishing and improving safety standards, and was a strong advocate for employees in all transportation sectors.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and on behalf of our members we commend his lengthy service to his country and his commitment to making the United States a global leader in transportation,” Calio said.
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.