Thursday, December 6, 2012
The U.S. civil aviation industry is currently engaging in a campaign to place a national airline policy on the political agenda. The wish list includes a reduced jet fuel tax, a modernized air traffic control system, and less regulation. The most interesting item in the linked article was an expression of optimism from Airlines for America president Nick Calio that Congress would put forward legislation to create a national airline policy. Given the difficulty Congress had in getting an FAA reauthorization bill passed, congressional action toward the development of a national airline policy would be a substantial departure from recent history.