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Aviation Industry Reacts to Projected Election of Joe Biden

Aviation Industry Reacts to Projected Election of Joe Biden
Joe Cortez

Although the aviation industry has reacted in different ways, the entry of a new president means renewed hope of additional COVID-19 bailout funds for airlines and airline workers. Both aviation unions and industry organizations say the top priorities for president-elect Joe Biden is containing the COVID-19 pandemic and saving jobs in the airline space.

In the hours since the Associated Press and others projected president-elect Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election, the aviation industry is already offering their congratulations, and spelling out their agendas to bring to a new White House occupant. Multiple aviation stakeholders have congratulated the former vice president on his win, while spelling out their expectations from a new administration.

U.S. Travel Association and ACI-North America Call for Industry Support

The U.S. Travel Association, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represent three sides of a very complex aviation industry. While the USTA represents “all components of the travel industry” and ACI-NA speaks on behalf of airport operators, the AFA-CWA represents 50,000 flight attendants across 17 airlines.

In their statement of congratulations to president-elect Biden, the USTA expressed their goals of combating the COVID-19 pandemic, while supporting “policies to promote relief, recovery, and stimulus for travel businesses are integral to a U.S. economic turnaround.”

“There is a dire need to protect and sustain jobs in every single congressional district, and enacting the policies to do that will require the political parties to come together,” USTA president Roger Dow said in a statement. “We stand ready to work closely with the Biden administration and both chambers of Congress to achieve policy goals that revive our economy and bring our country together—a hallmark of the travel industry.”

In a bi-lateral move, the U.S. Travel Association also congratulated several Republican senators on Twitter, after they were projected to be re-elected to their seats.


Through their statement, ACI-NA noted Biden’s previous support of increasing Passenger Facility Charges on airline tickets, which was previously opposed by Airlines for America. But like the USTA, their focus in on getting control of the pandemic and encouraging additional government funds.

“Congress still needs to pass a comprehensive COVID relief package that includes much-needed funds for airports struggling to finance operations, make debt payments and respond to the pandemic by retrofitting their facilities and adopting enhanced sanitation and health protocols,” ACI-NA writes in their statement. “The entire travel industry is still suffering from the abrupt, sustained drop in tourism and business travel, and airports need help to get through this prolonged downturn.”

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Immediately Request

While the U.S. Travel Association and ACI-NA were subtle in their requests, AFA-CWA was much more direct in asking for additional Payroll Support Program funds. Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, union president Sara Nelson directly called for additional bailout funds to restore employees laid off by the airlines.

“The #WorkersFirst Payroll Support Program (PSP) puts requirements on airlines that will rehire airline workers and contractors, maintain our safety and security credentials, keep in place critical infrastructure for all of our communities and serve as the backbone of our economy as each of us supports 1 in 14 jobs in the U.S.,” Nelson said in a statement. “The PSP is the template we need for all relief programs – putting requirements on corporations to direct the funds to working people, maintain healthcare, cap executive compensation, ban stock buybacks and stop the inevitable race to the bottom of labor cost cuts that will result from either no relief or corporate bailouts that fail to do what PSP does for working Americans.”

Airlines for America has not yet made a formal statement on the election.

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