In a letter to House and Senate leaders on Monday, over 100 CEOs from a wide range of companies, including Hewlett-Packard and Life Time Fitness, came out against President Trump’s controversial proposal to privatize air traffic control, instead calling for targeted improvements to the nation’s air navigation system.
“As members of the business community who depend on our nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system, we are writing to express our opposition to turning it over to a private board,” they wrote.
“Instead, we are committed to improving the ATC system with targeted solutions to identified challenges, and believe that is the appropriate way to enhance our aviation system.”
“Business aviation has a history of being at the forefront of these efforts, and we stand ready to make modernization a reality,” the CEOs added.
The Hill added:
“It’s an idea that has been championed by many Republicans in the House and could gain new momentum as lawmakers work on a long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this year.
But critics, which includes GOP appropriators and tax-writers, worry about removing air traffic control from congressional oversight and granting a nongovernmental agency the power to collect fees.
And general aviation users, which include small planes and corporate jets, say that their interests won’t be adequately protected under the new model, which they fear could result in higher fees.”
“We stand by the belief and promise from the federal government to all Americans that our nation’s airspace belongs to the public, and every person, business and community should have fair and equitable access, not just a few special interests in select cities and metropolitan areas,” the CEOs wrote.