NextGen to get big push on Capitol Hill

04/21/2009 | USA Today

Narrower air lanes, reduced spacing between planes and reduced vectoring are among the improvements that would help save the U.S. economy some $40 billion a year in fuel costs and lost productivity, according to advocates of the NextGen air traffic control system. Airlines and other industry supporters plan to make NextGen funding a key priority in congressional budget debates, though the mechanism for that funding remains contentious. "It's our top priority because it's a way of spending government money in a way that's going to deliver billions and billions of dollars in benefits to consumers and the nation's economy," says a spokesman for the Air Transport Association.

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