Full funding for NextGen air traffic control modernization is essential, says the Global Business Travel Association's (GBTA) Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Michael W. McCormick.
McCormack urged strong bipartisan Congressional support for NextGen. "The modernization of our inefficient air traffic control system will reduce flight delays and cancellations, add capacity at airports and enhance safety. "
"With robust funding proposed in the Senate and significantly reduced funding in the House of Representatives bill, NextGen runs a risk of a major slowdown. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) projects annual passengers to almost double by 2032 – from approximately 750 million today to 1.2 billion in 2032. America’s businesses will not be able to compete effectively if air travel becomes increasingly delayed and difficult, and business travel slows. If business travel slows, our economy will pay the price," McCormack said.
"Insufficient funding that forces the FAA to choose between maintaining the status quo and continuing NextGen implementation is a dilemma the nation cannot afford. GBTA urges Congress to come together on full funding, leadership and support for NextGen," McCormack said.
"Business travel is a critical economic engine powered by air travel. Every day, American companies and their employees depend on efficient, safe air travel for invaluable face-to-face meetings with their customers, partners and colleagues. These meetings drive profits, expansion and jobs," he noted.