U.S. Travel Expresses Concern Over Air Travel Delays Tied to Budget Sequestration
Urges Congress to Pass "Essential Services Act of 2013"
April 19, 2013
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Travel Association today expressed deep concern over an announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that air travelers will start to experience significant delays at major U.S. airports when air traffic controller furloughs begin on Sunday. The furloughs come as the FAA implements the requirements of federal budget sequestration. To avoid unnecessary disruptions to air travel, U.S. Travel urged the FAA to delay furloughs of air traffic controllers and called on Congress to immediately pass the “Essential Services Act of 2013,” which was introduced this week by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and would provide the FAA and other federal agencies with greater flexibility to determine which employees are essential personnel as they manage the requirement to reduce their budgets.
“The travel industry is creating jobs at a faster pace than almost every other sector of the economy. To keep the U.S. economy growing, it is essential that airlines and airports have the support they need to keep people moving through the air transportation system in an efficient and timely manner,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. “The expected delays will frustrate millions and discourage people from traveling. We urge the FAA and Congress to work together to quickly resolve this issue. To avoid situations like this in the future, Congress must pass the ‘Essential Services Act of 2013’ immediately to ensure that vital services at America’s major airports, including air traffic control tower operations, are maintained at a level that keeps pace with travel demand.”
As part of its response to the expected air travel delays, U.S. Travel is reactivating its mobile messaging campaign today. Travelers can text “DELAYED” to 877-877 to receive easy-to-use instructions on how to share their opinions about travel delays with members of Congress.
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The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.0 trillion in economic output and supports 14.6 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.