Airlines for America decision speeds Delta's departure date by 6 months

Airlines for America (A4A) said that its board of directors voted unanimously to waive the notice period for Delta Air Lines to leave the association, effective immediately, shortening Delta´s announced intended departure date by six months.

The board members also voted to maintain the current budget and agreed to cover the dues Delta had been paying.

While Delta this week gave six months´ notice of its intent to leave as required under A4A bylaws, Parker said the board believed an immediate departure was in the best interest of the association.

A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio said the board decision will eliminate any confusion externally on A4A positions on key industry issues, including air traffic control reform and modernization.

Annually commercial aviation helps drive nearly USD1.5 trillion in US economic activity and more than 11 million US jobs. Airlines for America (A4A) vigorously advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation´s economy and global competitiveness.