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Trump announces Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative

18 Juin 2017

President Trump on Monday announced plans to initiate "a great new era in American aviation" that will start with the privatization of the United States' air traffic control (ATC) system.

Under Trump's proposal, a board made up of airline, union and airport officials would oversee the nonprofit entity that would assume oversight after a three-year transition. What's different now, Gribbin said, is Republican control of the White House and both houses of Congress. But opponents worry that the plan, which would require congressional approval, will give too much power to the airline industries.

Trump will be in Cincinnati on Wednesday to continue talking about infrastructure, focusing on inland waterways on the Ohio River including aging dams.

"All of those elements line up very nicely with the president's view" of how to run government, Gribbin said.

Make no mistake, Tennessee and America need roads and other infrastructure improvements - along with the jobs those improvements create.

NBAA president and chief executive Ed Bolen said: "We are deeply concerned with the president's call for ATC privatisation - a concept that has always been a goal of the big airlines". However, when you look at what Trump's air traffic control decision actually means, things get a little bit messy.

The new nonprofit would be funded through a series of user-based fees that would take the place of tax-based revenue used now to fund air traffic control operations. He went on to say we have a broken system that doesn't work, but that privatizing air traffic control would increase safety while reducing wait times and would allow passengers to arrive at their destinations on time, Brietbart reported. "Under this new plan the FAA will focus firmly on what it does best, safety".

Most of the major airlines support the proposed changes, but Delta Airlines does not.

"Today we're proposing to take American air travel into the future - finally, finally", he said, flanked by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Trump's plan to privatize air traffic control operations will likely be included in legislation reauthorizing the FAA.

Privatization is common; Canada, France, Britain and dozens of other countries have already privatized, with services paid for by user fees. While Trump hasn't revealed his full plan yet, if it resembles Shuster's plan (Trump's administration says it does), fees paid by passenger and cargo airlines will cover the costs- and there's no guarantee that airlines won't pass those costs onto customers. The president plans to meet with mayors from across the country later this week to discuss infrastructure projects. Trump is planning to travel to OH and Kentucky later in the week to stress the importance of waterways before heading back to Washington to discuss railways with the Transportation Department, The Washington Post reported. A recent report from the Government Accountability Office said that major elements of NextGen should be in place by 2025, but that the system wouldn't be fully implemented until 2030.

Trump announces Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative