A4A Applauds Passage Of Amendment Blocking Preclearance Facility In Abu Dhabi | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 09.02.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.02.14 **
** Airborne 08.29.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.29.14 **
** Airborne 08.27.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 08.27.14 **

Mon, Jun 10, 2013

A4A Applauds Passage Of Amendment Blocking Preclearance Facility In Abu Dhabi

Language Prohibits Use of Taxpayer Dollars To Benefit Government-Owned Foreign Competitors

Airnline industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) issued a statement Thursday praising House passage of an amendment offered by Representatives Pat Meehan (R-PA), Candice Miller (R-MI) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) prohibiting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from using any taxpayer dollars to conduct Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance operations at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). The amendment was unanimously adopted during floor consideration of the FY14 Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

A4A has consistently advocated that DHS use its resources to focus on addressing lengthy wait times at several U.S. gateway airports. Today, customers are experiencing excessive wait times at the busiest domestic ports-of-entry that can exceed four hours, discouraging foreign commercial and tourism travel to the United States. Abu Dhabi ranks 80th among aviation gateways to the U.S., averaging only 573 passenger arrivals per day in 2012.

“This unanimous vote sends a clear message to the administration that using U.S. taxpayer dollars to benefit a government-owned foreign competitor is completely unacceptable -- particularly when customers traveling into and out of the U.S. continue to endure excessive wait times at our own gateway airports,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “We thank Representatives Meehan, Miller and DeFazio for their efforts to ground the misguided Abu Dhabi agreement, as the ability of U.S. airlines to compete on a level playing field with foreign airlines is critical to ensuring their global competitiveness and economic viability.”

A4A recently launched a campaign calling on the Department of Homeland Security to drop its plan to provide preclearance U.S. national security services at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Joining A4A in this national call to action are the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), Consumer Travel Alliance, Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), and the Regional Airline Association (RAA). The campaign’s website invites Americans to sign a petition. Hundreds of letters from concerned citizens have already been delivered to the White House and DHS.

FMI: www.airlines.org

Advertisement

More News

Annual Oshkosh 2014 'Best/Worst Of' Award Selection Invites YOUR Participation!

YOU Can Contribute To The Annual List Compiled By The Staff and Readership of the ANN and Aero-TV! E-I-C Note: We're going to start naming names and dropping details THIS week--- t>[...]

Airborne 08.29.14: Google Drone!, Cessna's 10,000th, Bearhawk LODA

Also: Big Boeing Order, Napa Tower Quaked, Landsberg Retires, Galileo Falters Breaking News! Google has unveiled an exciting new UAV project, called Project Wing, which has been un>[...]

Aero-TV: The Tecnam Juggernaut -- SeaSky, P2008, P2010, Trainers, and Astore!

An Impressive Line-Up Continues To Make A Solid Impact On Sport Aviation ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell seized the opportunity to talk with Phil Solomon, the CEO of Tecn>[...]

AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-17-04 PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.02.14)

FAA General Aviation Airports Report Beginning in 2010, the FAA began a national review of the general aviation airports resulting in two reports, General Aviation Airports: A Nati>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC