U.S. Travel Association Statement on Amendments to House FAA Reauthorization Bill

Published on : Wednesday, June 28, 2017

U.S. Travel Association's Education SeminarU.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs Jonathan Grella issued the following statement on H.R. 2997, the 21st Century AIRR Act, as reported:


“The House Transportation Committee’s FAA bill markup needs work before it becomes the hoped-for boon to our country’s aviation system.


“In particular, we are disappointed by the passage of the ‘Flags of Convenience’ amendment that makes it easier to block pro-growth, pro-traveler disruption from low-cost airlines. Currently, very few of these carriers serve the U.S., and this amendment limits the ability of any new competitors to establish direct international flights here. This amendment directly undermines our country’s Open Skies agreements, and risks millions of American jobs by hampering efforts to make our aviation market more competitive and give flyers more choices.


“Lawmakers appear to be missing a rare opportunity to leverage bipartisan consensus and make transformative changes to America’s infrastructure. The goal of this FAA reauthorization bill should be keeping America connected, making travel affordable and efficient for passengers, and delivering on President Trump’s campaign promise to modernize airports. We hold out hope that members re-focus on those priorities as this legislation is further debated.”


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