National Consumers League

NCL statement on demise of ATC privatization bill

March 1, 2018

Contact: NCL Communications, Carol McKay, (202) 207-2831

Washington, DC - On Tuesday, House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) announced that his proposal to privatize the Federal Aviation Administration’s critical air traffic control (ATC) function will not receive sufficient support to move the bill forward. The National Consumers League (NCL), which has long opposed the proposal to hand control over critical ATC infrastructure to an unaccountable body dominated by the nation’s largest airlines, welcomed the development.

The following statement is attributable to Sally Greenberg, NCL executive director:

“We are glad to see Chairman Shuster dropping this ill-conceived plan to allow the nation’s largest airlines to take over America’s air traffic control system. This is a win for the flying public. Congress should instead focus on restoring consumer rights and protections to the flying public. We urge the House to take up the Senate’s FAA reauthorization bill, which includes bipartisan support for the pro-consumer FAIR Fees Act that would help balance the scales and curb the industry’s ever-expanding appetite for fees and penalties that come at the expense of the flying public.”


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