Alliance for Aviation

What Others Are Saying About Air Traffic Control Privatization


Below is a select compilation of what others are saying about air traffic control privatization and the impact it would have on communities around nation.

Local Opinion Pieces on ATC Privatization

CHIP GOODMAN: THE OREGONIAN – Privatizing Air Traffic Control Could Hurt Oregonians

STEPHEN CONLEY: THE COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE – Monitoring for Invisible Dangers

DAVID OWEN: RAPID CITY JOURNAL – Proposal Could Hurt State’s Aviation Industry

TED OGLE: LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL – Don’t Privatize Air Traffic Control

KEVIN WATERS: LEWISTON SUN JOURNAL – General Aviation: A Lifeline for Rural Maine

SHAWN LINCH: RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL – Privatizing air traffic control may hurt rural Nevada

BILL McELROY: THE MERIDIAN STAR – Your Views: General Aviation

GREG PINNELL: THE DETROIT NEWS – Keep Aviation Public

GREG MITCHEL: ODESSA AMERICAN – Rural Communities Rely on General Aviation

Newspaper Editorials

LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER – Caution on privatizing airways

ENID NEWS & EAGLE – Proceed with Much Caution: Privatizing Air Traffic Control May Not Be the Best Solution

MANKATO PRESS – Don’t Privatize Air Traffic Control

THE EUGENE REGISTER-GUARD – A Risky Option

THE BUFFALO NEWS – Airline industry should give up efforts to weaken rules keeping the public safe

THE SEATTLE TIMES – Privatizing air-traffic control won’t fly

SPOKESMAN-REVIEW – Editorial: Air-traffic scheme raises many questions

Security Concerns

DAVID AGUILAR: FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM – Air traffic control privatization could affect security and safety at our borders

PAUL BENDA: MIAMI HERALD – Profit-driven Companies Should Not Be In Charge of Air Traffic Control

THE EUGENE REGISTER-GUARD – A Risky Option

MARK SULLIVAN: THE HILL – Privatizing Air Traffic Control Would Pose New Risks to National Security

PAUL BENDA: NEWS & OBSERVER – Don’t privatize air traffic control

NOAH KROLOFF: ARIZONA REPUBLIC – Privatizing Air-Traffic Control Would Make All of Us Less Safe

MIKE PERRONE: STAR-LEDGER – N.J. Has 46 Airports – Don’t Let Trump Gamble with Aviation Safety

Conservative/Free Market/Business Voices Against So-Called “Privatization”

Letter from Americans for Tax Reform

Joint Letter from Center for Individual Freedom

MIAMI HERALD – Trump Plan to Overhaul Air Traffic Control Has Key Opponent: Mario Diaz-Balart

ANDREW LANGER: THE HILL – Air Traffic Control ‘Privatization’ Is Anything But

MAX SAWICKY: FOX NEWS – Air traffic control in America isn’t broken and doesn’t need to be fixed

CEO Joint Letter to Senate Leadership

Cost of Privatization

MAX SAWICKY: FOX NEWS – Air traffic control in America isn’t broken and doesn’t need to be fixed

THE HILL – Trump’s air traffic overhaul would add $100B to deficit, says new analysis

Mayors/Local Communities Speak Out

Joint letter to Congress from more than 100 Mayors

MCCLATCHY – In the Battle Over Who Controls U.S. Airspace, It’s Big Lobbyists vs. Small Airports

MOSCOW PULLMAN DAILY NEWS – Mayor against Trump’s airport plan

BELLEVILLE NEWS-DEMOCRAT – Trump airport plan hits turbulence in nation’s heartland and at Capitol

CNHI – Small-Town America Skittish about Privatizing Nation’s Air Traffic Control

DEMOCRATIC UNDERGROUND – Washington State Mayors Join Senators Opposing Air Traffic Control Privatization

ARGUS LEADER – Mayors Worry Air Traffic Control Plan Could Hurt Smaller Airports

TRAVEL PULSE – Mayors Pen Letter to Congress Urging Opposition to Privatizing ATC

KELO – South Dakota Mayors Send Letter to Sen. John Thune, Congress About Air Traffic Control

MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE – Small Airports, Many Minnesota Towns, Fear Turning Air Traffic Control into a Business

SOUTH MARION CITIZEN – Mayors Protest Air Traffic Control

WATERTOWN PUBLIC OPINION – Mayors, Including Thorson, Say Keep Air Traffic Control Public

MOUNTAIN MESSENGER – Manchester Among Mayors in Opposition to Privatizing Air Traffic Control

THE HERALD-DISPATCH – Officials Oppose Privatizing Air Traffic Control System

THE SPECTRUM – Litman Joins Opposition to Privatizing Air Traffic Control

FARIBAULT DAILY NEWS – UPDATE: Air Traffic Control Privatization Efforts From Commercial Airlines a Concern for Small Airports

DAKOTA FREE PRESS – Seven South Dakota Mayors Tell Thune Not to Privatize Air Traffic Control

Members of Congress

MICHAEL MEDVED SHOW – Interview With Rep. Steve Russell

CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO AND CONGRESSMAN RICK LARSEN: THE WASHINGTON POST- Reform the Air-Traffic-Control System, but Don’t Privatize It

MIAMI HERALD – Trump Plan to Overhaul Air Traffic Control Has Key Opponent: Mario Diaz-Balart

AERO NEWS NETWORK – GOP Congressmen Join Bipartisan Chorus of Opposition to ATC Privatization

THE WICHITA EAGLE – Estes: Air Traffic Privatization Effort Has Been Slowed

THE EDMOND SUN – Rep. Russell Leads Fight Against ATC Privatization, Citing Serious National Security Concerns

THE OUACHITA CITIZEN – Abraham: ATC privatization harmful to rural areas

THE HILL – House Republicans Work to Torpedo Trump’s Air Traffic Control Plan

Rural and Agricultural Voices Weigh In

Rural and Agricultural Groups Joint Letter to Congress

AGRITALK – Could Privatization Curb Rural Air Service?

MCCLATCHY – Trump loves his rural base, but will they lose under his plan to privatize FAA?

MCCLATCHY – In the Battle Over Who Controls U.S. Airspace, It’s Big Lobbyists vs. Small Airports

Consumers and the American Public

DONALD COHEN, SALLY GREENBERG, PAUL HUDSON, AND LINDA SHERRY: THE HILL – Air Traffic Control Privatization: A Risky Corporate Giveaway That Will Harm Consumers

SALLY GREENBERG: USA TODAY – On air traffic control, don’t let airlines dupe passengers

Joint Letter to Congress with In The Public Interest, National Consumers League, Center on Policy Initiatives, and Working Partnership USA

KATE HANNI: NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Readers Sound Off on Airlines

KATE HANNI: THE HILL – ATC: The Worst May Be yet to Come

Public Opinion 

AIN ONLINE – CNBC Survey: Most People Against ATC Privatization

POLL: Majority of Voters Oppose Privatizing the Air Traffic Control System

National Aviation Issues Survey Results

National Aviation Issues Survey Memo

Trouble with Foreign Privatized ATC Systems

ATC Privatization in the UK Has Resulted in a “Total Meltdown”

HOT AIR – Guess What Happened When The UK Privatized Their ATC System

TRAVEL TRADE GAZETTE – Lack of Air Traffic Controllers Prompted Stansted Delays, CAA Says

THE INDEPENDENT – There’s No Excuse for This Holiday Chaos – Airlines and the Government Should Take Responsibility

TRAVEL + LEISURE British Air Traffic Controllers: We’re Running Out of Sky

BLOOMBERG – Should the U.S. privatize air traffic control?

Airline Powergrab 

The Big Airlines Come Clean on Their True Motive for ATC Privatization: Another Tax Giveaway

DAVE MCDONALD: CINCINNATI ENQUIRER – Privatizing Air Traffic is a Power Grab by Airlines

Labor Issues

MIKE PERRONE: STAR-LEDGER – N.J. Has 46 Airports – Don’t Let Trump Gamble with Aviation Safety

Joint Union Letter to Congress

Airline Responsibility for Delays

MICHAEL BAIADA: BOSTON GLOBE – Airlines Should Stop Blaming Others and Fix Their Problems

MICHAEL BAIADA: CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS – Whether to Privatize Air Traffic Control a Foolish Debate

BLOOMBERG – The Weather Isn’t the Biggest Cause of U.S. Flight Delays

The General Aviation Community

General Aviation Groups United in Opposition to H.R 2997

JACK PELTON: THE HILL – Big airlines running air traffic control – what could go wrong?