WASHINGTON, May 3, 2014 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, issued the following statement on the sudden passing of former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN), who served 18 terms in Congress:
“As a longtime chairman of the House Transportation andCommittee, Jim Oberstar understood well the value of air travel to jobs, the economy and connecting people and goods across the country and the world,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “He worked tirelessly on behalf of establishing and improving safety standards, and was a strong advocate for employees in all transportation sectors.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and on behalf of our members we commend his lengthy service to his country and his commitment to making the United States a global leader in transportation,” Calio said.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. Airlines for America (A4A) vigorously advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.
America needs a cohesive National Airline Policy that will support the integral role the nation’s airlines play in connecting people and goods globally, spur the nation’s economic growth and create more high-paying jobs. A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor groups, Congress and the Administration to improve air travel for everyone.
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