Washington, DC (April 23, 2013) – With the recent announcement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the furlough of employees resulting from the sequestration battle, there has been much speculation over the effects this decision would have on the National Airspace System and the individuals who serve or are served by it.
The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA), a trade association representing over 22,000 professional airline pilots, has been actively meeting with air traffic controllers and other officials across the country to provide our membership with a greater understanding of this issue.
While CAPA believes that the skill and professionalism of pilots and air traffic controllers will ensure that a safe standard is maintained, the National Airspace System unquestionably will be “strained,” with reduced staffing and greater responsibilities placed on these front-line employees.
A travel experience consisting of extensive delays and cancellations will have far-reaching effects on an industry that today is still trying to recover from an era of bankruptcies, job losses, and reduced services for our passengers. Sadly, legislative gamesmanship and the choices foisted upon governmental agencies will result in understaffed facilities and delays, causing disruption and needless difficulties for the traveling public.
CAPA, along with other trade and labor associations, joins the nation’s airlines in calling for a quick solution to this untenable forecast of increased delays. Furthermore, CAPA believes that a collaborative approach, which provides Congress with stakeholder input, is crucial in maintaining the standard that the traveling public expects, the travel industry deserves, and our members demand.
We will be working tirelessly to ensure that all branches of government are aware of our position on this unfortunate and indiscriminate solution to the budgeting process and call on Congress to expeditiously pass a budget that adequately funds the FAA’s needs.
The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) is a Trade Association representing over
22,000 Professional Airline Pilots at carriers including American Airlines, UPS Airlines, US Airways, Allegiant Air, Atlas Air, Inc., Brendan Airways, LLC, Horizon Air Industries, Inc.,
Hyannis Air Services, Inc., Kalitta Air, LLC, Miami Air International, Omni Air International,
Silver Airways Corporation, Southern Air, Inc., and USA 3000.
For more information, visit www.capapilots.org