Thursday, August 2, 2001Senate Commerce Committee Approves Steps to Speed-Up the Runway Approval Process AAAE/ACI-NA
We have more good news for airports! This morning, the Senate Commerce Committee approved S. 633, the "Aviation Delay Prevention Act", which includes a number of important provisions to help expedite the review and approval process for major capacity projects. As a result of numerous meetings and discussions AAAE and ACI-NA had with committee staff, the bill includes several provisions that are similar to those included in our Expedited Airport System Enhancement (EASE) initiative. The bill also includes a provision supported by airports granting airlines the ability to talk to each other for purposes of schedule recovery during periods of bad weather. The bill is now cleared for Senate floor action, which isn't expected until after Congress returns from the August recess.
The following includes: 1) a breakdown of what the Senate Commerce Committee approved as compared to the EASE proposal; 2) a brief summary of the bill; 3) a description of the subsequent changes that were made to the bill; 4) a summary of today’s committee action; and 5) related information.
Aviation Delay Prevention Act
The Aviation Delay Prevention Act was introduced by Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and John D. Rockefeller (D-WV), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation, respectively, on March 27. As introduced, the legislation included the following provisions:
Capacity Enhancement Provisions
The bill approved by the Senate Commerce Committee is substantially different from the one introduced in March. The revised version includes the following additional provisions related to capacity enhancement:
Aviation Delay Prevention Provisions
The bill also included the following provisions designed to reduce airline delays.
During today's markup, the Committee approved the following amendments that were supported by AAAE and ACI-NA:
The text of S. 633, the Aviation Delay Prevention Act, can be viewed at: http://www.airportnet.org/depts/federal/legis107/kbh.pdf
The CRS summary of S. 633 can be viewed at: http://www.airportnet.org/depts/federal/legis107/kbhsummary.pdf
The Hearing Report from the Commerce Committee's hearing on Aviation Delay Prevention can be viewed at: http://www.airportnet.org/depts/federal/Hearings/2001/hr0330.htm
The Airport Alert from Senator Hutchison's introduction of S. 633 can be viewed at: http://www.airportnet.org/secure/federal/alerts/2001/0303.htm
The Airport Alert announcing the postponement of the mark-up of S. 633 due to the Jeffords switch can be viewed at: http://www.airportnet.org/secure/federal/alerts/2001/a0524markupcanceled.htm