Airlines for America says Delta Air Lines to leave trade association in April 2016

Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association for the leading US airlines, said it has announced a pending membership change, as Delta Air Lines stated its intent to leave the association effective April 26, 2016.

A4A President and CEO Nicholas Calio said the move by Delta was not unexpected as the carrier has not been aligned with other A4A members on a few key industry positions, including the need to modernize and improve the nation´s air traffic control system.

“As an association we work collaboratively in the best interests of our members and the customers and communities they serve, and are most effective advocating for the traveling and shipping public when we speak with a unified industry voice,” Calio said.

Calio said the pending change will not distract A4A and its members from the continuing work of fighting higher taxes and unnecessary regulations while pushing for updated infrastructure along with the vast array of technical and regulatory issues that A4A´s councils and committees regularly address.