WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to lay out his vision for overhauling the nation’s air traffic control system on Monday, outlining his goals to privatize the system in a White House speech.
Trump will push for the separation of air traffic control operations from the Federal Aviation Administration, embracing an approach long championed by US airlines, according to White House officials. Joined by airline industry executives, Trump is expected to point to the changes as a way of accelerating a more modern air traffic control system.
“We’re really moving into the modern decade of technology in air traffic control. It’s a system where everyone benefits from this,” White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said in a conference call with reporters. Trump’s budget plan released earlier this year called for the changes, placing air traffic operations under an “independent, non-governmental organization.”
There are about 50,000 airline and other aircraft flights a day in the US. Both sides of the privatization debate say the system is one of the most complex and safest in the world.
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