Delta Airlines intends to resume its membership with the US airline lobbying organization Airlines for America or A4A, in 2020. This comes more than four years after their policy disagreement over whether air traffic control operations should be moved out of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Delta to rejoin Airlines For America lobby group
Delta Airlines is rejoining the lobbying group A4A, four years after their policy disagreement over whether air traffic control operations should be moved out of the FAA. Airlines for America is the largest industry trade organization for US airlines.
“A4A and our members are pleased to welcome Delta back to the association. We are a stronger association with Delta as a member. As an industry organization, we work collaboratively in the best interests of our members as well as the customers and communities they serve. We are more effective advocates for the traveling and shipping public when we speak with a unified industry voice.” said Nicholas E. Calio, A4A President and CEO in an official press statement
Delta stepped away from A4A in October 2015. The main reason was that A4A was pushing to seize air traffic control operations away from the FAA. Delta disagreed with this policy. Most airlines supported air traffic control modernization and privatization, unlike Delta Airlines at that moment.
Delta attributed its 2015 departure to A4A’s lack of support from the A4A. Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines to convince the US government that there is growing harm of government-subsidized carriers in the Middle East. A4A failed to back Delta up in this situation which caused tension. They also noted that A4A failed to support Delta on several other key issues.
Delta and A4A made the announcement of the rejoining on December 18, 2019, in an official press release. Delta will join Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Atlas Air Worldwide, FedEx Express, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, United Airlines, UPS and Air Canada. The official date has not been set yet, all they said was that it will happen in 2020.
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