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Trump plan to privatise air traffic
President Donald Trump of United States

The photo shows the United States President, Donald Trump.

United States President, Donald Trump on Monday, unveiled his plan to privatise the air traffic control system in the country and separate the control of the tracking and guiding of planes from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 

Trump at the White House stated that they are ready to enter a great new era in American aviation, adding that the time has come to join the future and make flights quicker, safer and more reliable.

 

Trump wants to change the current air traffic control system into a non-profit organisation funded by fees from airlines and those who use US airspace instead of taxes on aviation fuel and airline tickets.

 

The current operation system, Trump stated, was ancient, broken,antiquated and horrible, adding that the system is stuck in the past. He envisions a modernised system to replace the current one.

 

According to Trump, the FAA had been trying to upgrade the air traffic control system but they are too slow. He also added that they did not know what they were doing and was a waste of money, around $7 billion.

 

The current system is not able to keep up with the fast paced progress of the aviation industry which include commercial space flights and unmanned aircraft systems (drones). Therefore, Trump argued, the changes are necessary.

 

United States receives flights from about 50,000 airline and other aircrafts a day. The current system had been created back when they had about 100,000 annual airline passengers as compared to the nearly 1 billion today.

 

There are some airlines who support the change as well as some who oppose the change. Delta Air Lines opposes the change and had released a study in 2016 that the move to privatise air traffic would increase traveler’s costs by about 20 to 29%.

 

The Congress will consider the proposal this week. The Transportation Secretary, Elaine Chao will be testifying on the infrastructure improvements before the Senate Transportation Committee and House Transportation Committee on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

 

If the changes is approved, the White House stated that the full implementation of the changes would take about three years.

 

The plan is similar to a bill proposed by House Transportation Committee chairman, Bill Shuster for an air traffic control system operated, managed and controlled by non-profit corporation which is similar to Canada.

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