Airlines for America Commends House Passage of the “Reducing Flight Delays Act”

Bill to spare customers from lengthy and needless delays now heads to President’s desk for signature

WASHINGTON--()--Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, commended leadership in the U.S. House for passing a bill to halt Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controller furloughs that have caused flight delays to triple, needlessly harming passengers, shippers, airlines and their employees and the economy.

The “Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013”, which was unanimously passed by the Senate on Thursday night, allows the FAA to use surplus Airport Improvement Project grant funds to protect air traffic controllers from being furloughed as part of budget cuts related to sequestration. Following House passage, the legislation now heads to the President’s desk for signature.

“We thank Representatives Hal Rogers (R-KY), Tom Latham (R-IA), Bill Shuster (R-PA), Nick Rahall (D-WV), Ed Pastor (D-AZ), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) for their leadership in taking bipartisan action to solve what is inherently a non-partisan issue – the winners here are the customers who will be spared from lengthy and needless delays,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “The ‘Reducing Flight Delays Act’ is a bipartisan, common-sense approach to restore efficiency to our nation's skies and put air traffic controllers back where they belong – in the tower.”

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Annually, commercial aviation helps drive more than $1 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. A4A airline members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. America needs a cohesive National Airline Policy that will support the integral role the nation’s airlines play in connecting people and goods globally, spur the nation’s economic growth and create more high-paying jobs.

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Contacts

Airlines for America
Vaughn Jennings, 202-626-4209
Managing Director, Government and Regulatory Communications
vjennings@airlines.org
or
Katie Connell
Managing Director, Airline Industry Public Relations and Communications
kconnell@airlines.org
or
Victoria Day
Managing Director, Corporate and Member Communications
vday@airlines.org
or
Jean Medina
Senior Vice President, Communications
jmedina@airlines.org

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A4A commended leadership in the U.S. House for passing the “Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013”

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Contacts

Airlines for America
Vaughn Jennings, 202-626-4209
Managing Director, Government and Regulatory Communications
vjennings@airlines.org
or
Katie Connell
Managing Director, Airline Industry Public Relations and Communications
kconnell@airlines.org
or
Victoria Day
Managing Director, Corporate and Member Communications
vday@airlines.org
or
Jean Medina
Senior Vice President, Communications
jmedina@airlines.org