Air travel to the West Coast of America is perhaps the fastest way to get to your holiday destination on the West Coast. But each year travelers to holiday destinations on the West Coast often encounter major delays and other challenges. These delay challenges are linked to delays in the updating of takeoff and landing procedures. The slow incorporation of new technological advances renders the old systems less efficient. Airlines complain each year because these challenges cost them losses that amount to billions lost in flight delays.
The cause of these losses can be traced back to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) procurement procedures that are cumbersome. The bureaucratic procurement process that involves Congress often encounters congressional squabbling leading to procurement delays. Such delays often hinder technology updates, and new equipment that is procured is often no longer the latest technology by the time it is acquired.
However, now there is some hope at the end of the dark tunnel. President Donald Trump has announced a plan to privatize FAA by handing it over to the major airlines as a non-profit corporation. Most travelers may balk at the idea of privatization to airlines that often do not respond adequately to passenger complaints. But according to Andrew Hawkins of THE VERGE, the Union of Air Traffic Controllers, the President, and other stakeholders have already endorsed the plan, which outlines how such privatization will proceed.
This may not be a very welcome idea by travelers to the West Coast or any other regions. But there is a sure positive thing that may come out of it. The privatization may reduce procurement bureaucracy currently experienced from the government’s grip in FAA. In turn, this implies that acquisition of new technology will be quick, and flight delays, as well as other flight challenges, will be reduced. In the end, you may experience efficient and timely traveling, which will lead to cost reductions both for the airline and the travelers.