A4A wants government to protect national carriers

Demand from US Senate to support a national airline policy to boost global competitiveness

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Trade organisation for leading US airlines, Airlines for America (A4A), has asked the US Senate to support a national airline policy to keep US airlines competitive with foreign carriers. A4A was reacting to the tax, regulatory and infrastructure environment that were making it increasingly difficult for US carriers to become profitable and compete globally.

Nicholas E Calio, A4A president and chief executive, said that in 2011, the value of US exports by air was 117 times the value of exports transported by sea. Today, US airlines carry about two million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo daily on approximately 28,000 flights and these needed to be protected.