(Washington, D.C. – March 27, 2020) The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) representing over 30,000 professional passenger and cargo pilots applauds President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the many policymakers for their courageous response in ensuring that our nation’s passenger and cargo airlines received the necessary financial investment to weather this unprecedented crisis.
CAPA applauds the decisive bipartisan actions the White House and Congress have made today to ensure that the aviation industry not only survives but can once again thrive and in doing so protect the hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs of working American families.
CAPA urged policymakers to craft protections to provide the necessary funding in a manner that would directly offset the income losses for individual airline employees by targeting any financial relief directly to them. This financial back-stop for our nation’s passenger pilots, cargo pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and ground support staff will be critical in ensuring our nation’s robust recovery to a position of strength following this unprecedented crisis.
“Our nation’s passenger and cargo airlines are the platform and foundation for our nation’s return to prosperity. This immediate and far-reaching financial assistance for the aviation industry, and its employees, will ensure that it is once again ready to lead the economic recovery by connecting people and commerce with strength, certainty, and resilience,” stated CAPA President Captain Larry Rooney.