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Trump laments ‘out of whack’ air traffic system after meeting with airlines

Trump laments ‘out of whack’ air traffic system after meeting with airlines

President Donald Trump gave a friendly ear Thursday to concerns from Dallas-based Southwest Airlines and other carriers about the need to modernize the nation’s air traffic control system.

Southwest chief Gary Kelly sparked that conversation at a White House meeting, bemoaning an aging system that contributes to congestion at major airports. The carrier and several other airlines have been pushing the U.S. to “privatize” the air traffic control system.

And Trump appeared intrigued by what Kelly described as the “single biggest opportunity for aviation.”

“I hear we’re spending billions and billions of dollars, and it’s a system that’s totally out of whack,” Trump said...

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