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Delta to leave A4A in 2016

Time:2015-11-02 19:40 Source:Air Cargo World Writer:admin Click:Times

One of the big three U.S. carriers, Delta Air Lines, has decided to split from the trade group, Airlines for America (A4A), a move that could weaken U.S. airlines' ability to lobby as a united front in Washington D.C., according to a report by Reuters.

 

The split, which will take place officially in April 2016, comes after Delta diverged from the group's position that the private sector should help govern the U.S. air traffic control system, A4A's chief executive Nicholas Calio said in a news release.

 

"The US$5 million that Delta pays in annual dues to A4A can be better used to invest in employees and products to further enhance the Delta experience, and to support what we believe is a more efficient way of communicating in Washington," Delta said in a statement.

 

Disagreements among airlines have rarely resulted in a trade-group split by a player as large as Delta, the third-biggest American airline by capacity, according to industry consultant Robert Mann. "It means a change in A4A's budget. They'll have to do a little more with less," Mann said.

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