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NATCA Secures Critical Funding for the Airport and Airway Trust Fund

NATCA was successful in obtaining a critical technical correction to address a shortfall in the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) in the continuing resolution. The technical correction, which NATCA aggressively advocated for, transfers $14 billion from the general fund to the AATF, allowing it to continue to meet the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) obligations. The AATF funds operations of the NAS as well as facilities and equipment, research, engineering, and development, and grants-in-aid to airports. Previously, the trust fund had been at a critical level due to reduced demand for airline tickets and the aviation excise tax holiday that began in March with the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. Without a fix, the FAA would have been forced to cancel or delay programs or activities, and potentially furlough employees.