WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2014 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s announcement that the United States and Mexico have reached a new modernized air service agreement, expanding passenger and cargo airline service between the two nations.
A4A commends the Administration’s efforts to further bolster the economic viability of our nation’s travel and tourism industry. U.S. airlines are critical drivers of economic growth and jobs, and opening the Mexican market fully to all U.S. carriers at major tourist destinations benefits customers, employees and our overall economy. A4A and our member airlines remain committed to working collaboratively with the Administration to strengthen travel, trade and tourism opportunities globally.
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.