Airlines for America applauded the approval of a third pathway for aviation biofuel. "The approval of this new alternative jet fuel pathway is significant for all consumers of jet fuel, bringing the airline industry another step closer to widespread production of cleaner, alternative fuels that will help meet our environmental goals while enhancing the security and competitiveness of our energy supply," said Nancy Young, vice president of environmental affairs for A4A.
Airlines for America has launched a campaign to restore transparency in the Department of Transportation's advertising rules to ensure consumers know exactly how much of their travel dollars are going to federal taxes. Current law enables the government to bury federally imposed taxes in the advertised cost of a ticket, making it more difficult for travelers to see what part of their ticket goes to air travel and what part goes to Washington, D.C. "The government is playing a game of hide and seek by burying government taxes in the cost of a ticket -- it's adding insult to injury for airline customers already paying more than their fair share to Uncle Sam," said Nicholas Calio, A4A president and CEO.
Dan Elwell, a former assistant administrator at the Federal Aviation Administration, will join Airlines for America as a senior vice president in February. Elwell joins A4A from the Aerospace Industries Association. A4A CEO Nicholas Calio said Elwell will advocate for a national airline policy in his new role.
Airlines for America is applauding the progress of the long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, which is before Congress. "It is great news for aviation, our customers and the 10 million jobs we enable," said Nicholas Calio, A4A president. "The bill establishes a much-needed long-term reauthorization that addresses the significant issues that previously blocked the legislation from moving forward."
A White House proposal to speed the visa process for tourists drew praise from the airline industry, "There is clearly pent-up demand for increased U.S. visitation. If U.S. airlines are able to operate in an environment that is conducive to international expansion, the carriers will be able to add service, jobs and further drive overall economic growth of the country." However, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says the proposal contradicts laws put in place after the 9/11 terror attacks. "Once again, this administration is pushing the envelope and using their authority beyond congressional intent, allowing untold numbers of foreign nationals to bypass the in-person interview requirement, and risking national security in the process," he said.