ATA repeats call for national airline policy

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The Air Transportation Association has reiterated its call for a national aviation policy on the heels of a major rhetorical push by the US Chamber of Commerce.

ATA president and CEO Nicholas Calio called on the government to leverage nearly 20 years of discussion and committee work into action on behalf of the airline industry in order to boost competitiveness and drive economic growth.

"We already have years of good work and a solid blueprint," Calio said.

"We now need a focused and coordinated commitment from everyone involved to turn multiple commission recommendations into real policy with a measurable timeline of accomplishments."

His comments echoed those of the US Chamber President Thomas Donohue, who challenged the federal government on 27 April to fund the infrastructure and technology needed to support the industry.

Calio pointed out four separate federal commissions that began in 1993 to develop policy recommendations for the industry.

The commissions focused on the rising tax burden of airlines, reducing the burden of industry regulation, implementing new satellite-based air traffic control system, expanding accessing to global markets and helping the airline industry to attract investment.

"While the work has been done on paper, we need to turn these aspirations into measurable actions," Calio said. "Talking about it is not going to make it happen."