GAMA: private travel report is bunk

 - July 7, 2008, 6:17 AM

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) downplayed a joint report on private jet travel and the general aviation industry issued June 24 by the Institute for Policy Studies and Essential Action. According to GAMA, “The report resurrects the well-worn and worn-out airline industry claim that GA does not pay its fair share of the costs associated with air traffic control services when in fact, the airlines themselves drive the costs of a hub-and-spoke model that was built primarily to meet their needs. The costs imposed on the system to move an airliner…between one of their hubs or from a spoke airport to a hub, dwarf the costs imposed upon the system by general aviation aircraft that intentionally avoid the airline hubs where the airlines have overscheduled to near gridlock.”