The US Congress will not support the proposal of the administration of President Donald Trump about the privatization of air traffic control services, said Bill Shuster, a chairman of the committee on transport of the House of Representatives.
“Although our air traffic control reform provisions did not reach the obvious level of support needed to pass Congress, I intend to work with Sen. Thune and move forward with a reauthorization bill to provide long-term stability for the FAA”, said Bill Shuster.
The Trump administration planned to transfer the air traffic control functions of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to a private contractor, while retaining FAA oversight functions.
According to the White House, private management would ease the burden on the budget and lead to a more efficient functioning of the air control system. Financing air traffic control services was offered not at the expense of taxpayers, but from the funds of air traffic participants, which would reduce the burden on the budget.
A decision had to be made on the contentious issue because the latest short-term extension of FAA legislation expires March 31.