Trump Announces Plan To Privatize Air Traffic Control

The organization said that President Trump and Congress should work instead on long-term investment to improve air travel with measures that include construction of two new airports for New York City and Chicago to relieve the main cause of congestion delays, repeal of regulations and laws that prevent airline competition and block public private partnerships for airport ownership, support and construction.

President Trump has been tweeting about the London attacks, his travel ban, and Democrats getting in the way of his appointments while the White House is focusing this week on his plan for infrastructure.

Trump added that the current United States air traffic control system is not prepared to deal with innovation and is plagued by "unacceptable delays", which cost "billions" of dollars each year and constitute an economic burden to the nation.

"Today we're proposing to take American air travel into the future". It would create a new user fee on aircraft using the system to replace current taxes on aviation fuel and airline tickets.

"We're proposing reduced wait times, increased route efficiency, and far fewer delays", he said.

The same group of House members also toured the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control facilities at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the air-traffic control system would move toward a model based on GPS technology, rather than the more rudimentary radar-based technology now used, meaning - in theory, at least - that planes could operate more efficiently, use less fuel and charge less.

Trump said current air traffic reform efforts have failed and were a "total waste of money". He also called the system "ancient, broken, antiquated" and "horrible" and said his reforms would make it safer and more reliable.

The more remarkable feat is how many in the industry agree on the basics: The airline trade group supports a spinoff, and past year so did the air-traffic controller's union, which said it will evaluate the specifics of any bill.

Gribbin said the new plan keeps the 2020 NextGen adoption deadline, but provides the president the option of extending it if he decides to.

The plan is based on legislation previously proposed by Representative Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), who now serves as chairman of the House Transportation Committee. Thursday, he is scheduled to be at the White House discussing infrastructure needs with mayors and governors from across the nation.

Some Republican and Democratic members of Congress have criticized the plan in the past, fearing that US airlines would prioritize their own interests over those of air traffic facilities and their 30,000 employees nation-wide, the Associated Press reported. "So we are going to separate out air traffic control from the FAA functions of safety and that new entity will be responsible then for managing air traffic control".

The idea of privatizing air-traffic control has been floated since the 1990s - Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at times supported the concept - without success.

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

  • Zachary Reyes