While foreign countries invest heavily in
airports and infrastructure, advance
pro-aviation economic policies, and build
state-of-the-art air transportation systems, the
United States continues to promote many policies
that actually hinder the U.S. airline industry
and its employees’ ability to compete in the
In the white paper, ALPA makes clear that many
of the U.S. airlines’ foreign competitors are
state-owned or heavily state-sponsored and
operate from countries with low or nonexistent
tax and regulatory burdens. Meanwhile, the U.S.
airline industry is heavily taxed and highly
regulated, and current policy often permits U.S.
taxpayers’ money to be used to help foreign
airlines gain an economic advantage.
The white paper details ALPA’s policy action
plan to level the playing field for U.S.
airlines. The union calls for a major policy
overhaul in three key areas:
“I believe that now is the time for labor and
airline executives to work together with others
in industry and with governments in the United
States and around the globe,” concluded Capt.
Moak. “Working together is the only way we can
level the playing field” (See
White Paper release).
• Enhancing the business environment,
• Defending U.S. aviation jobs in the
international marketplace, and
• Enhancing international aviation safety
regulations through the International Civil