Senate panel urges ATC privatisation funding ban

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee is calling for a ban on the use of any funding that could be used to remove the nation’s air traffic control organization from the United States  FAA, reports AIN.

That call was included in a $16.4 billion funding package that the committee is recommending for the FAA in Fiscal Year 2017.

On Thursday, the committee approved the FY2017 transportation, housing and urban development bill that included some of the panel’s strongest language yet on the House proposal to create an independent, user-funded corporation to run ATC.

“The attempt to remove the air traffic control system from the FAA is fraught with risk, could lead to uncontrollable cost increases to consumers and could ultimately harm users and operators in the system,” the committee said in report language accompanying the funding bill.

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