ISTAT 2012: A4A pushes for US airline policy

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Airlines for America president Nicholas Calio has called on the US government to develop a five-point long-term strategy to support the country's airlines.

Speaking at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading Americas conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, Calio outlined five areas that need to be addressed to support and grow US carriers.

The plan includes a re-evaluation of how the industry is taxed, how regulations are imposed on airlines, and development and implementation of the NextGen air traffic control system.

Calio also called for an evaluation of global competitiveness including the burden of the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) and tourism and visa distribution, and lastly a strategy for mitigating fuel cost instability through alternative fuels and curbs on oil speculation.