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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 07:14 PM

GAO busts another Trump lie on ATC NEXGEN

Trumps Dire Air-Traffic Claim Contradicted by Government Report

Efforts to upgrade the U.S. air-traffic system are on budget and steadily improving flight efficiency, a government watchdog found, contradicting assertions by President Donald Trump and airline executives.

Just as the House is set to debate a bill that would separate the air-traffic system from the Federal Aviation Administration, a Government Accountability Office report requested by lawmakers shows that the existing system is performing well, undercutting one of the chief arguments by proponents of the change. The report was obtained prior to its release by Bloomberg.

"If Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration are serious about improving the air traffic control system," Representative Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat, said in a statement. "They should abandon their risky privatization proposal and get to work to pass a bill that will provide a stable and predictable funding stream for our aviation system.

New technology allowing airliners to fly more precise routes into major cities has saved airlines millions of dollars in fuel, according to the report released Thursday. In Atlanta, a separate FAA program bringing planes closer together allowed Delta Air Lines Inc. to increase daily operations by 6.8 percent.


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