WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2018 – Today, Airlines for America (A4A) President & CEO Nicholas E. Calio issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 into law:
“Signing a long-term reauthorization bill into law provides stability for the FAA to uphold the highest levels of safety we have today, while providing certainty for the millions of passengers and countless businesses that rely on access to safe, affordable travel and shipping options every day,” said Calio.
Calio congratulated House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), along with Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL), for successfully reaching across the aisle to negotiate and deliver the first bipartisan, bicameral five-year authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) since 1982.
In addition, Calio specifically thanked the outgoing chairmen for their years of service at the committee level.
“Chairmen Shuster and Thune have served as strong, distinguished voices in Congress. They have been leaders on issues that impact the aviation industry, consumers and the workforce,” added Calio. “We are grateful for their service. Their efforts will continue to benefit travelers and shippers for years to come.”
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.