Meanwhile, in this Corner…

 - July 3, 2007, 10:43 AM

The Air Transport Association (ATA), which called the House’s bill “business as usual,” and its various airline members are still pushing hard for user fees. In an e-mail last week to frequent fliers, United Airlines chairman, president and CEO Glenn Tilton requested the airline’s most loyal customers support user fees, claiming that the fees will support air traffic modernization. In a response, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said, “Once more I implore you to abandon deceptions and blame-shifting, and get behind proposals that strengthen the system for all users.” As part of the airlines’ campaign to shift the blame for delays to GA, ATA yesterday requested the FAA impose a ground delay program at Teterboro and other N.Y.-area GA airports when the same is done at Newark Liberty, JFK and La Guardia International Airports. Said the association, “Since corporate jet flights now represent roughly 30 percent of all New York Terminal Radar Approach Control activity, ATA has asked the FAA to impose restrictions on operators that today may be unaffected by ground delay programs.” An NBAA representative said that ATA is trying to politicize an operating guideline.