NBAA Disappointed with Delay in Return of General Aviation Aircraft to Reagan National Airport

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, June 13, 2002 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today expressed great disappointment with continued delays in restoring general aviation access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

“We are concerned and frustrated that general aviation continues to be denied access to the Nation’s airport,” said NBAA President Jack Olcott. “Prior to September 11, general aviation operations at DCA accounted for over 60,000 movements, nearly one-third of all operations at the airport.”

“Corporate aviation has for decades incorporated the highest levels of security and safety. Since 9/11, our Members have continued to enhance the safety and security of their operations. As always, corporate aviation operators know exactly who is flying the plane, who is onboard and what was carried on board,” noted Olcott.

“Nevertheless, NBAA has been working with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other security agencies since 9/11 to address any additional concerns they may have. NBAA’s proposed security program has met with broad approval and appears to address all known security concerns. However, we still face continued restrictions,” added Olcott.

NBAA will continue to work with DOT, TSA and relevant government officials to identify a solution.

NBAA represents the aviation interests of more than 7,100 companies which own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world’s largest display of civil aviation products and services.

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