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for Aviation Across
The user fee fight is getting dirty, apparently. The airlines' trade organization, the Air Transport Association, has started running ads on CNN's Airport Network claiming that airline delays are caused by general aviation aircraft.
The expensive, slickly animated commercial wrongly claims that "hot shot there is clogging up the skies," as a business jet jumps to the front of the line of airliners waiting to depart.
Right. Like that really happens.
The Alliance for Aviation Across America, the coalition of general aviation groups, local airports, economic development organizations, and rural groups, is fighting back against the distortions and half-truths in the airline propaganda.
The Alliance (of which AOPA is a key board member) is airing its own TV commercial to set the facts straight, to tell the general public the real truth about flight delays.
"At the nation's busiest airports, small airplanes make up less than four percent of the traffic," the Alliance ad states, "and Department of Transportation studies show that almost all delays are caused by weather and the airlines themselves."
The ad points out that the airlines are trying for yet another tax break.
The Alliance ads started appearing Tuesday on CNN's Airport Network, the same channel on which the airlines are airing their misleading commercial. (CNN's Airport Channel is only seen in airport terminal waiting areas.)
"I'm disappointed that the airlines have resorted to outright lies, misrepresentation and distortion," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "We had hoped we could maintain an honest debate on the facts.
"Rest assured, AOPA, the Alliance for Aviation Across America, and all of the general aviation organizations will use every available resource to make sure that Congress and the American public understand the truth of how our aviation system works," said Boyer.
[View the airlines' commercial here.]
May 30, 2007