Appearing on CNBC's "Squawk Box," Airlines for America President and CEO Nicholas Calio said a National Airline Policy will help alleviate air traffic management delays that cost our economy $31 billion per year. The current air-traffic control system is a World War II system that is ground-based, but NextGen would mean far fewer delays for passengers, said Calio. Airlines have heavily invested in modernized GPS systems on planes, but environmental impact reporting impediments and bureaucracy have slowed NextGen implementation. "Airlines and our passengers paid $19 billion in taxes and fees last year. We've paid $100 billion in the last decade. More of that money can go to NextGen if we want to be smart and businesslike about how we manage our air space," Calio said.

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