The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l strongly supports the Dependable Air Service Act, introduced today by Senators Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Klobuchar (D-Minn.) as part of a bipartisan group of Senators working to support the airline industry and its passengers. The legislation will allow the FAA to transfer funds between accounts to help mitigate the delays that passengers have been experiencing in the last few days due to air traffic controller furloughs. Additionally, the bill gives the DOT the authority to transfer additional funds to the FAA from other areas of the DOT budget to prevent staffing shortage induced delays. These delays and the subsequent passenger discontent could have deep and long-term effects on the aviation industry and the economy as a whole.
ALPA urges the speedy passage and implementation of this bill, so that our partners in aviation safety and security, the furloughed air traffic controllers, can be brought back to the control towers as quickly as possible.