Release #13.19
April 24, 2013

ALPA Supports Dependable Air Service Act

WASHINGTON—Today, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), the largest airline pilot union in the world, issued the following statement advocating the passage of the Dependable Air Service Act:

“The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l strongly supports the Dependable Air Service Act, introduced today by Senators Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Hoeven (R-N.D.) as part of a bipartisan group. This piece of legislation will allow the FAA to transfer funds between areas in the Department of Transportation budget. It will also help mitigate the delays that passengers have been experiencing in the last few days. These delays and the subsequent passenger discontent could have deep and long-term effects on the aviation industry and the economy as a whole.

“We urge 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.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA represents nearly 50,000 pilots at 34 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at

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