WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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 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.