Delta Air Lines Quitting Airlines for America with Effect from April 26, 2016
On Tuesday, Delta Air Lines said it will quit being a member of Airlines for America, U. S. carrier trade association group. The association represents the largest U. S. airlines.
The departure of Delta from Airlines for America will be effective from April 26, 2016.
The move will save Delta the annual dues of $5 million and the airline. A company statement said that it will be free to find "a more efficient way of communicating in Washington" on issues that are important to Delta in relation to its customers and employees.
Delta did not agree to A4A's stance of lobbying to privatize air-traffic control which the Congress is still debating. According to Delta, the complex change might divert the airlines from the common aim of improving commercial aviation.
Kate Modolo, a Delta spokeswoman said that the company could spend the millions of annual dues better by investing in the airline. Delta has been focusing on improving its efficiency and has promoted canceling lesser number of flights compared to its rivals.
Modolo said, "The $5 million that Delta pays in annual dues to A4A can be better used to invest in employees and products to further enhance the Delta experience, and to support what we believe is a more efficient way of communicating in Washington on issues that are important to Delta customers and employees."
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