Delta Leaves Industry Trade Group

By Paul Riegler on 28 October 2015
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DSC_0723Delta Air Lines announced plans to leave the industry trade group Airlines for America, or A4A.

The association said that the move was “not unexpected” given the number three carrier’s differences on the direction of the industry, including the future of the U.S. air traffic control system. The association advocates replacing the FAA’s role in air traffic control with a non-profit modeled after Nav Canada.

Other airlines, including American, the world’s largest, plan to stay.

“We have been and will continue to be more effective as an industry advocating for our customers and employees with a unified voice in Washington, and we are committed to working with A4A to achieve reform at the highest levels, including air traffic control,” said Doug Parker, CEO of American and chairman of the trade group.

“The $5 million that Delta pays in annual dues to A4A can be better used to invest in employees and products to further enhance the Delta experience, and to support what we believe is a more efficient way of communicating in Washington,” the airline said in a statement.

Founded in 1938, Airlines for America, formerly known as the Air Transport Association of America, is the largest airline trade association in the United States and lobbies congress on behalf of the industry.

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