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Your mid-size community’s airport may be really convenient to use, but its relative paucity of non-stop destinations, lack of competition among airlines on most routes, and higher average prices all work against it in these rankings.
You might worry about flying on a plane if you knew the pilots weren’t getting paid. But would you fly if you knew U.S. air traffic controllers weren’t getting paid because their agency is broke? That could soon become a very real question if Congress fails to extend the FAA’s authority to operate.
The delay in voting on an ATC spin off is a blessing in disguise. There aren't enough votes in the House to approve Rep. Bill Schuster's plan. So, instead of losing the vote Schuster, R-PA, and chairman of the House Transportation Committee now can go to work on getting more "yes" votes.
It's clear that the numerically insignificant - but politically savvy and powerful - general aviation community has much more political juice in Congress than a $200 billion-a-year, industry that employs almost 700,000 people and serves more than 800 million customers a year.
Despite the president's grandiose rhetoric, ATC privatization is not some sort of techno-magic elixir for what ails air transportation in the United States.
Journalists now are following up their many recent airline customer service horror stories with new reports using statistics to assure us that commercial air travel these days really isn’t as bad you might think. They’re right. It’s much worse than most anyone realizes.
It's ironic, maybe, but we long-suffering supporters of Air Traffic Control privatization in this country should be concerned that the new “it” boy on President Donald Trump’s team, economic adviser Gary Cohn, is boisterously over-selling the Administration’s still-fuzzy plan to do just that.