House Unanimously Passes O'Halleran Essential Air Service Amendment to FAA Reauthorization Act
WASHINGTON - Today, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass Congressman Tom O’Halleran’s (AZ-01) bipartisan amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which requires the Comptroller General to analyze the impact of any future reforms to the Essential Air Service (EAS) on the local economies, businesses, and air travel in communities that benefit from EAS funding. The amendment was cosponsored by Congressman Don Young (AK-AL).
“The Essential Air Service has been under constant attack for years from politicians who do not understand rural America. With a majority of northern Arizona qualifying for Essential Air Service, including communities like Page and Show Low, it is important for federal policymakers to understand the impact this program has on local jobs and the livelihood of communities throughout the region,” said O’Halleran. “Congress has a responsibility to support our rural communities and businesses, and it is important that we have all the information on the economic impact of any future reforms to EAS. My amendment will ensure that Congress understands how any changes to EAS could impact the economic vitality of rural communities that depend on the service.”
Essential Air Service guarantees that rural and small communities that were once served by certificated air carriers before airline deregulation in the 1970s continue to receive a minimal level of scheduled commercial air service and access to the National Airspace System.
“I thank Congressman Don Young for joining me to offer this commonsense amendment,” continued O’Halleran. “Supporting our families, rural communities, and businesses is not a partisan issue, and I am grateful for the broad support it has received from my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.”
The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 reauthorizes the programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, provides long-term stability for the aviation community, invests in U.S. airports, and makes necessary reforms to improve safety in the skies.