The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted unanimously to oppose HR 2997, the AIRR Act of 2017, which would remove our nation’s air traffic control operations from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Chamber believes this bill is damaging to commerce activities and threatens the safest, busiest and most complex air space in the world.
General aviation accounts for billions of dollars in economic output and accounts for 98% of the air traffic at the Dubuque Regional Airport vs. air carrier activity. In the past four years alone business jets on the field at Dubuque Regional Airport have increased by 900%.
Robert Grierson, Airport Manager at the Dubuque Regional Airport, shared the Chamber’s opposition to the bill.