WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2018 – Today, the House and the Senate reached consensus on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018. Airlines for America (A4A) President & CEO Nicholas E. Calio issued the following statement:
We applaud the bipartisan, bicameral efforts in Congress, led in the House by Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and in the Senate by Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) and their staffs, for reaching agreement on the FAA Reauthorization Bill of 2018.
We highly encourage both the House and the Senate to move swiftly to vote—and pass—this important legislation.
The long-term reauthorization is essential for the FAA to advance projects and implement programs that advance our country’s status as the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.
This measure will provide long-term certainty for the millions of passengers and countless businesses that rely on access to safe, affordable travel and shipping options every day.
The legislation also will deliver the certainty that employers, manufacturers, consumers and communities must have to continue building, investing, hiring, innovating and growing the U.S. aviation industry.
The commercial aviation industry is one of the biggest drivers of the American economy, supporting 10 million jobs and contributing $1.5 trillion annually. Each day, 2.3 million people fly on U.S. carriers, which serve 800 airports in 80 countries. U.S. carriers also transport 55,000 tons of cargo per day.
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.