US Federal Budget Receives Mixed Reviews from ATA

3 February 2010 (Last Updated February 3rd, 2010 18:30)

The Air Transport Association (ATA) of America has given mixed reactions to the White House's budget proposal for 2011, which has not increased taxes and fees but has increased passenger security fees. According to the budget proposal, there is an increase in aviation passenger security

The Air Transport Association (ATA) of America has given mixed reactions to the White House's budget proposal for 2011, which has not increased taxes and fees but has increased passenger security fees.

According to the budget proposal, there is an increase in aviation passenger security fees by one dollar a year for three years amounting to an additional $7bn from 2012 through to 2015.

The association has welcomed the government's proposal to increase federal funding for advanced information technology (AIT) machines and federal air marshals (FAMs).

The budget indicates that the US Department of Homeland Security requested $734m for the deployment of up to 1,000 new AIT screening machines at airport checkpoints, as well as new explosives detection equipment for baggage screening.

The customs, immigration and agriculture inspection fees have not been increased.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requested a 30% increase in its budget to $1.1bn for the development of next-generation programmes - the request did not contain a user fee proposal for air traffic control.

ATA said the $4bn for the National Infrastructure Innovation and Finance Fund includes eligibility for aviation which will help in procurement of next-generation equipment.

ATA has also commended the Department of Agriculture's commitment to alternative fuels.