Trump announces plan to privatize air traffic control

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Trump announces plan to privatize air traffic control

President Trump held a press conference at the White House on Monday to roll out his plan to privatize the nation's air traffic system.

The White House also said that liberalising the air traffic control system would allow the country to move forward with technologies such as uncrewed aircraft.

Gwinn - President Donald Trump revealed a proposal yesterday to modernize the Federal Aviation Administration, which involves privatizing the agency's air traffic control function.

Officials said on June 5 that the plan would be to create a non-profit to manage all air traffic control operations that would be funded through user-based fees and governed by a 13-member board made up of stakeholders.

"After billions and billions of tax dollars spent and the many years of delays we're still stuck with an ancient, broken, antiquated, awful system that doesn't work".

President Trump said this morning that he would push for privatization of Air Traffic Control, taking the almost 30,000 employees from under the authorization of the FAA in what is referred to as his "Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative".

The plan has drawn appraises from former transportation secretaries, who lauded the move as the "right solution for the 21st century".

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A similar FAA proposal two years ago died on the House floor, but Shuster said he believes Trump's election proves taxpayers want outside-the-box thinking, and Democrats would see value in a broader infrastructure package that might link some of the cities they represent.

Trump laid out the intended plan for the privatization of air traffic control. Most Democrats and some powerful Republicans have resisted transferring the service outside of government to big airlines and other aviation interests. "The idea that we would take the safest system in the world and the most complicated, and suddenly privatize it, that's insane", he said.

"At a time when every passenger has GPS technology in their pockets, our air traffic control system still runs on radar and ground-based radio systems that they don't even make anymore, and which they can't even fix anymore".

The plan is part of the White House's goal to transform USA infrastructure. When Rep. Bill Shuster (R, Pa.) put forth a plan to accomplish this in 2016, it stalled on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Funding for the new organization will come exclusively from user fees, and the use of those funds will be managed by, among others, airline representatives, unions, and general aviation and airports. Currently, America's air traffic controllers are government employees and part of the Federal Aviation Administration, and the airlines pay taxes to cover the approximate $10 billion annual cost to pay them and provide the equipment for them.

Trump's plan would also eliminate taxes on airline passengers in favor of a system of user fees.

Opponents, including Delta Air Lines, say the US system is so large that privatization would not save money, and would drive up ticket costs and could create a national security risk.

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