Trump Administration’s 2018 Budget Calls for Shifting Air Traffic Control to Non-Profit Entity

By Jesse Sokolow on 23 May 2017
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The Trump Administration submitted on Tuesday its 2018 U.S. federal budget that includes a plan to remove air traffic control functions from the Federal Aviation Administration and shift them to a new non-profit non-governmental entity.

The move is one of the central elements of the plan and, while it would increase federal deficits, according to the budget documents it would lower the government’s cost in managing the air-traffic control system by about $10 billion p.a. starting in 2021.However, that reduction would be offset by eliminating the current taxes on airline tickets and aviation fuel.

Proponents say that separating air-traffic control from the FAA will modernize the system and result in shorter flight times, lower emissions, and fewer delays.

The airline industry came out in favor of the plan.

“By prioritizing ATC reform in his budget, the President has taken a bold step that will lead to benefits for decades to come and maintain our role as the global leader in aviation,” said Nicholas Calio, president of Airlines for America, the trade association representing most U.S. airlines.

Opponents of the plan say that the inclusion of ATC reform in the budget will increase the difficulty in passing the budget in Congress.

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