Trump outlines privatizing air traffic control

That plan included $200 billion to spur private partnerships in infrastructure but also makes $144 billion worth of cuts to existing federal infrastructure programs, including the elimination of the TIGER program, an Obama-era program to fund mass transit programs.

"This is an inherently public function", Krauter said. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., and Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., said in a January news release.

The 16 general aviation organizations reiterated "real and long-standing concerns, which include but are not limited to user fees". "What is the charging scheme?" And that concerns Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio of OR, ranking member of the House Transportation Committee.

"We're at an all-time low for certified controllers", Conde said.

The airport board that oversees Spokane's two airports has come out against the proposal.

"The whole air traffic control network is part of the FAA, and you have what is, in essence, a technology business embedded within a governmental agency".

But opponents worry that the plan - which would require congressional approval - will give too much power to the airline industry.

Krauter has said that airlines have been overbooking seats, ordering passengers off planes and raising various fees.

The union representing the air traffic control workers said in a statement that they will review the details of the proposal before deciding to support the plan or not.

Joined by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Vice President Pence, a group of former transportation secretaries, and a host of airline executives, the president said the new system would help the USA catch up with the technological advances of other countries like Canada.

The move is part of a weeklong focus on proposals to improve the country's infrastructure, Efe reported.

FAA air traffic controllers manage more than 50,000 flights per day. We will launch this air travel revolution by modernizing the outdated system of air traffic control.

If approved by Congress, the FAA would retain its oversight of air travel safety, but its 30,000 air traffic controllers would move off the government's books.

This will be an uphill battle for the president since the plan has to pass through Congress.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas is concerned the plan would hurt small communities. "All but our largest airports nationwide stand to be hurt by this proposal". Now the FAA recruits and trains air traffic controllers. It's an approach that has always been championed by USA airlines.

A separate, non-profit entity would run the air traffic control system that would also switch from taxing passengers to instead imposing a user fee system, saving passengers time and money, according to the White House.

"They didn't know what the hell they were doing", he said. In response to previous such comments by the president, the FAA has said that the current efforts to modernize air traffic operations, dubbed NextGen, have delivered some $2.72 billion in benefits and is running ahead of schedule and under budget on several major initiatives. "Americans can look forward to cheaper, faster and safer travel", said President Trump. "The AIRR Act is transformational legislation that prepares the US aviation system for the future, helps ensure a modern, safe system that benefits passengers and the economy, and keeps America competitive in a vital industry". "Other than that it's quite good".

Potentially privatizing air traffic control in the USA is more about politics.

  • Zachary Reyes