United strives to address significant challenges in our industry. Working with our extensive network of partners and stakeholders, we encourage the development of a legislative and regulatory environment that will enable our industry to grow and contribute more to the economy. As an industry, we face intense competition, increasing fuel prices, excessive tax burdens, regulatory and structural barriers to growth, and an outdated air traffic control infrastructure. At United, we are working hard to effect policy change to make aviation more efficient, profitable and sustainable.
Joining with our industry partners, United is advocating for policies that rationalize our tax burden, reduce unnecessary regulation, mitigate fuel cost, modernize infrastructure and enhance global competitiveness. Adopting these core principles and translating them into policy would sustain U.S. passenger carrier economic stability and our position in the global industry.
We promote regulatory reform that will allow airlines to operate more like other global businesses. Reform will allow U.S. airlines to compete on a more level global playing field, generating additional opportunities for our customers, employees and the communities we serve.
We actively engage with government agencies around the world to ensure they take the interests and needs of our customers, employees, business and the communities we serve into account when making legislative and regulatory decisions. United also partners with governments on legislative and regulatory activities aimed at safety and security, the environment and the welfare of our employees and our customers.
We work to simplify and reduce the high federal, state and local tax burden on our customers and industry at a time when governments are under budgetary pressures. Additionally, instability in federal government budgeting has been harmful to the industry. To mitigate the impact on our customers, employees and communities we serve, we are working to ensure more stable and consistent funding for critical government aviation-related functions.
We urge faster modernization of the U.S. Air Traffic Control infrastructure to improve safety, decrease flight delays, enhance customer service, create jobs and reduce fuel demand and harmful emissions. At the same time, we want to ensure that any financial contribution or investment made by the airline industry assures the long-term success of any potential air-traffic reform. We are addressing these issues with industry organizations including Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association. We collaborate actively with governments, policy makers and non-governmental organizations.