Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today commended Congress for its bipartisan leadership in passing the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, a comprehensive bill that will help make air travel even more safe and efficient for passengers and shippers while avoiding further tax increases for customers and airlines.
“We commend Congress for passing a responsible bill that recognizes that commercial aviation is central to America’s global competitiveness and a key enabler of job growth and U.S. productivity,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio.
“Holding the line on federal aviation taxes and fees paid by airlines and their customers enables carriers to work toward being sustainably profitable, so they can maintain jobs and service to communities and invest in their product. This bill also recognizes that safety is our highest priority and includes several provisions that help us build on our strong safety record.”
“A4A and its members deeply appreciate the leadership and the tireless work of Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), as well as Aviation Subcommittee Chairwoman Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD), in bringing this critical legislation to a successful conclusion.
“We also commend the leadership and tenacity of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL), Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-WV), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Tom Petri (R-WI) and Ranking Member Jerry Costello (D-IL) who understand well the importance of a strong commercial aviation industry and made this bill and its passage a priority.
“Finally, A4A thanks House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), for removing the roadblocks to getting the bill approved and bringing bipartisan resolution to this much-needed and overdue bill.
“This bill saw many extensions, yet thanks to the leaders in both the House and the Senate, today we have a strong, multiyear bill.”