NACA Commends DOT for Final Rule on Service Animals on Flights

Chris Brown, the National Air Carrier Association’s Vice President for Government Affairs and Ultra Low-Cost Carrier Policy, issued the following statement today in response to publication of the Department of Transportation’s Final Rule in [Docket No. DOT–OST–2018–0068], “Traveling by Air with Service Animals”:
“NACA commends the U.S. Department of Transportation for issuing its final rule on traveling by air with service animals, which no longer considers emotional support animals as service animals under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA).  This timely, well-reasoned regulatory action by the Department will further enhance passenger safety — the top priority of our passenger carriers — by ensuring that only trained service animals needed by individuals with disabilities are permitted on flights.”

NACA joins Airline Unions and Associations to urge PSP extension

NACA joined with 12 other associations and unions in the airline industry Wednesday, October 7, to urge Congress to resume negotiations with the administration to extend the Payroll Support Program (PSP) for the aviation industry.

The letter stated, in part:

Since early summer, we have called for a COVID relief package that would address the dire economic consequences facing the entire transportation sector. Airline workers are already experiencing the impact of inaction and simply cannot wait any longer for federal aid.

During circumstances as dire and significant as these, an idea that enjoys resounding support from majorities in both parties and in both houses of Congress should not fail. We call on leaders to resolve any procedural issues and proceed as quickly as possible to extend the PSP in time to preserve this extremely effective and efficient jobs and infrastructure program.

Read the full letter here.

NACA Issues Statement on Introduction of Air Carrier Worker Support Extension Act of 2020

In response to introduction of the Air Carrier Worker Support Extension Act of 2020, NACA President and CEO George Novak issued the following statement:

On behalf of NACA’s 18 member airlines, we applaud Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) for introducing the “Air Carrier Worker Support Extension Act of 2020,” to extend the airline Payroll Support Program (PSP) included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

PSP extension will help U.S. airlines cover payroll expenses while passenger and cargo carriers recover from the unprecedented drop in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting tens of thousands U.S. airline jobs. It will also ensure our air carriers can continue to provide supplemental airlift to our armed services and support the national defense infrastructure, of which they are a critical component.

We look forward to working with Congress and the Trump Administration to ensure that the bill is enacted with strong bipartisan support before the end of the current fiscal year on October 1, 2020.