Air Transport World

Government's poor relation; rapping the budget process. (airlines suffer from Federal Aviation Administration's budget program) (Lou's Corner) (Column)

Voicing great urgency and concern, Robert J. Aaronson, president of the Air Transport Association of America, recently painted a grim picture of airline-operations problems that have had and are likely to have profound negative impact on the system.

Speaking to members of the Air Traffic Control Association, he said: "When air-traffic controls runs smoothly, airline operators have a fair chance to serve the public need with reliability and safety--and the opportunity to reap a fair profit for services rendered. On the other hand, when full service is inefficient or suffers breakdowns, he says, all segments of the system are hit with unexpected and horrendous costs, with practically no opportunity to recover losses. As an example, he cited the most recent, suddenly and costly telephone-system breakdown of last Oct. …

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