United® works to address significant challenges in our industry. With our extensive network of partners and stakeholders, we encourage a legislative and regulatory environment that will enable our industry to grow and contribute to the economy. As an industry, we face volatile fuel prices and intense competition, excessive tax burdens, regulatory and structural barriers to growth and an outdated Air Traffic Control infrastructure.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 a strong, comprehensive National Airline Policy that would rationalize our tax burden, reduce burdensome regulation, mitigate fuel cost and volatility, modernize infrastructure and enhance global competitiveness. Adopting these core principles and translating them into policy would improve U.S. passenger carrier viability 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 more opportunities for our customers, employees and the communities we serve.
- We actively engage with government agencies around the world to ensure that they take into account the interests and needs of our customers, employees, business and the communities we serve when making regulatory decisions. United also partners with governments on 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 federal, state and local tax burden on our customers and industry at a time when governments are under extreme budgetary pressures. Today, the amount of U.S. taxes and fees on air travel is higher than those paid by the alcohol, tobacco and firearms industries. 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 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 nongovernment organizations.