Aviation leaders, including the International Air Transport Association (IATA),have called on the US government to address the shutdown currently affecting the aviation industry in the United States.
The shutdown began on 22 December last year over a failure to agree on US federal funding operations for the 2019 fiscal year, specifically due to an impasse regarding US President Donald Trump's desire for US$5.7 billion in federal funds to build a border wall between the US and Mexico.
Addressed to Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, industry organisations called on the government to resolve concerns surrounding, among other things, Air Traffic Control, Federal Aviation Administration, and Homeland Security in the wide-ranging letter.
“Dear Mr President, Madam Speaker and Leader McConnell, We write to urge you to act now to prevent the negative impacts currently being experienced by the U.S. aviation and space transportation industries that supports the travelling and shipping public and all the users of satellites and spacecraft,” the statement stated.
“As the partial government shutdown continues, the human and economic consequences are increasing and doing greater harm.
“Civil aviation alone supports more than seven per cent of the US gross domestic product (GDP) and US$1.5 trillion of economic impact, creating over 11.5 million jobs, but this shutdown is hampering our ability to function effectively.”
It is the longest-running US government shutdown in history, and continues to affect 800,000 US federal workers including many in the aviation industry. — IATA