DALLAS, June 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) president Captain Jon Weaks today joined representatives from industry and labor in the East Room of the White House for President Trump's announcement of the Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative. SWAPA has long been in support of a next generation air traffic control system and is pleased to see the President make Air Traffic Control reform a top priority.
"SWAPA is truly honored to be asked to take part in today's announcement," said Captain Jon Weaks, president of SWAPA. "As the nation's largest domestic carrier, transporting more passengers than any airline in this country, we certainly understand the importance of the U.S. air traffic system and how it affects our aviation safety and efficiency. We stand here today in support of securing a stable source of funding for the Air Traffic Organization. Additionally, the government bureaucracies that have a stranglehold on the FAA's ability to plan, purchase and implement new technologies must be eliminated. The many benefits of a modernized Air Traffic Control system are critical to maintaining the country's edge as the world leader in aviation and cannot be sidelined any longer.
"In addition to the improvements this plan will bring to American aviation, SWAPA and pilots across the U.S. continue to fight against international threats to our industry," continued Weaks. "Flag of Convenience schemes that circumvent our laws and agreements are a continual battle and we are in full support of current proposed legislation in H.R. 2150 that will protect U.S. aviation jobs by halting any future actions by foreign carriers to bypass international agreements."
SWAPA is encouraged to have an America-first president who won't allow foreign competitors to undermine the system to the detriment of American industry and the American workforce. We hope the FAA reauthorization will include language to prevent foreign competitors from rigging the system to plant unfair flags-of-convenience ownership models on our shores.
Located in Dallas, Texas, the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) is a non-profit employee organization representing the more than 8,700 pilots of Southwest Airlines. SWAPA works to provide a secure and rewarding career for Southwest pilots and their families through negotiating contracts, defending contractual rights and actively promoting professionalism and safety. For more information on the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association, visit www.swapa.org.
SOURCE Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association