Release #: 17.24
June 05, 2017

ALPA Statement on President Trump’s Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative

WASHINGTON––Capt. Tim Canoll, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s air traffic control reform initiative.

“The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l believes that air traffic control reform presents an opportunity to secure the reliable, predictable, and sufficient funding needed to enhance the global leadership role that the United States currently holds in aviation safety and efficiency.

“Any proposed air traffic control reform legislation must be centered on safety and provide a fair and equitable fee structure for all those who benefit from the system. ALPA also maintains that the U.S. air traffic control system must operate as a not-for-profit organization, and that key stakeholders, including ALPA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, must hold a role in its governance and oversight. In addition, the system must safeguard the current Federal Aviation Administration employer-employee relationship that has proven fundamental to the safety of U.S. air transportation.

“ALPA looks forward to working with the Trump administration and with Congress to make certain that the United States retains its position as the global leader in air transportation, and that the U.S. air traffic control system remains the safest in the world.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents over 57,000 pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.


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