Rep. John Katko backs Trump plan to privatize air traffic control system

Rep. John Katko backs Trump plan to privatize air traffic control system

The proposal, which would require congressional approval, is opposed by many Democrats and some Republicans.

About one in five flights arrived late or were cancelled at USA airports past year, delaying travel for almost a million passengers.

The president said Monday that separating air traffic control operations from the Federal Aviation Administration would make American travelers happier - improving efficiency and saving money. Detractors have argued that it gives too much power to airlines and could result in higher fares.

Democrats have also pointed to the unprecedented safety under the current system and noted repeated computer system failures in recent years by USA airlines, questioning whether they are ready to handle complex technology modernization.

After his remarks, Trump signed a memo and a letter to lawmakers outlining his principles for the air traffic control plan. "All but our largest airports nationwide stand to be hurt by this proposal", said Sen.

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Delta Airlines released a study previous year that suggesting that ticket prices could increase 20- to 29-percent. Instead, Democrats are panning Trump's proposed $1 trillion overhaul, the White House is signaling plans to go it alone, and even Republicans are balking at some aspects of the emerging plan.

Though Trump didn't commit to any specific proposals, he appeared intrigued by what Kelly described as the "single biggest opportunity for aviation".

Buckle up, it's going to be a long flight.

He says other countries who have done so, have been able to vastly modernize their air traffic control and make air travel safer than has the United States.

Speaking of delays, the FAA has been talking about modernization for 30 years. "We're still stuck with an ancient, broken, antiquated, frightful system that doesn't work". Huerta acknowledged, however, that government procurement requirements have slowed the NextGen rollout. President Trump's plan would spin off air traffic control into a non-profit organization run by a board. In addition to controllers, the FAA employs specialists, engineers, and technicians, numbering in the tens of thousands, who work to maintain the air traffic control technology and the infrastructure necessary to keep air travel safe. The airlines hate the ticket tax and want to do away with it, but what's the new system?

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"We are prepared to enter a great new era in American aviation", Trump said, in announcing the plan at the White House. "Air traffic control is a 24/7, high-tech service business", Robert Poole, director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation, tells us.

While Donald Trump and his administration are hopeful that Congress will authorize the privatization of air traffic control, and it would be a huge political win for them, the task of changing the most complex air traffic control system in the world will not be an easy one. This is part of the administration's focus this week on the country's aging infrastructure. Trump is slated to meet with members of Congress Tuesday and then provide broader details of his infrastructure plan at during a Wednesday speech on the Ohio River.

Plus the concern that privatization may mean less jobs and hurt rural areas.

This board will include "13 members: Two would represent the airlines, two would represent unions, one would represent general aviation, one would represent airports and two would represent the government as a whole".

David Woodard, a GOP consultant and Clemson University pollster, said that some of Trump's base may be concerned by his FAA proposal but will likely be pleased he is still "shaking up the tree".

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They have also pointed to the unprecedented safety under the current system and noted repeated computer system failures in recent years by US airlines, questioning whether they are ready to handle complex technology modernizations.

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