Privatizing air traffic controllers will fundamentally destablize air travel in the United States.

Washington, DC  – Today, Americans Against Air Traffic Privatization spokesperson Julia Alschuler releasedthe following statement:

“Today, Chairman Thune and the Senate Commerce Committee did the right thing for thing for passengers and rural communities by introducing a bipartisan proposal that excludes a misguided plan to privatize our Air Traffic Control system. Just today, the CBO found that Chairman’s Shuster proposal would cost 20 billion dollars over 10 years while handing over a government function to a corporate entity controlled by the airlines.

On behalf of the thousands of Americans opposed to privatization and the millions of travelers it would stand to impact, we applaud Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson for keeping our Air Traffic Control system working for the American people instead of special interests.

The work to stand up to passengers and keep Congress from disrupting the safest and largest ATC system in the world does not stop here. It clear from the CBO report released today estimating that Shuster’s proposal would cost 20 billion dollars over 10 years that privatization is the wrong solution. It’s now incumbent on the House and Chairman Shuster to ground his airline driven privatization proposal and work with the Senate on common-sense solutions that will restore long-term stable funding to the ATC.”