Air Traffic Control Privatization: Will It Solve Anything?

The debate over privatization of the nation’s air traffic control system rages on. But is it skirting the real issue?

Title Air Traffic Control Privatization: Will It Solve Anything?

Proponents of a privatized ATC say the move is necessary to eliminate the delays and congestion that are plaguing airports and traffic lanes across the country. Opponents call the idea a power grab by airlines, who would be able to discriminate against smaller communities and further disadvantage the beleaguered air traveler. But Michael Baiada has a more nuanced view. He is president of ATH Group, Inc., a consultancy serving the air-transport industry. Baiada argues that the solution to air congestion rests with the airlines themselves, who are failing to take responsibility for their own operations, even as they suffer losses of nearly $4bn a year due to system inefficiencies. It’s all about how the airlines handle their “day-of” logistics operations. Baiada also offers his view on the Federal Aviation Administration’s controversial and long-delayed Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen. Hosted by Bob Bowman, Managing Editor of SupplyChainBrain.

Look for a new episode of the podcast, which can be downloaded or streamed, every Friday on the SupplyChainBrain website and iTunes.

Show notes:

An article by Michael Baiada in the Journal of Air Traffic Control: “NAS Congestion: Who’s to Blame?”

Stream or download podcast here

Proponents of a privatized ATC say the move is necessary to eliminate the delays and congestion that are plaguing airports and traffic lanes across the country. Opponents call the idea a power grab by airlines, who would be able to discriminate against smaller communities and further disadvantage the beleaguered air traveler. But Michael Baiada has a more nuanced view. He is president of ATH Group, Inc., a consultancy serving the air-transport industry. Baiada argues that the solution to air congestion rests with the airlines themselves, who are failing to take responsibility for their own operations, even as they suffer losses of nearly $4bn a year due to system inefficiencies. It’s all about how the airlines handle their “day-of” logistics operations. Baiada also offers his view on the Federal Aviation Administration’s controversial and long-delayed Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen. Hosted by Bob Bowman, Managing Editor of SupplyChainBrain.

Look for a new episode of the podcast, which can be downloaded or streamed, every Friday on the SupplyChainBrain website and iTunes.

Show notes:

An article by Michael Baiada in the Journal of Air Traffic Control: “NAS Congestion: Who’s to Blame?”

Stream or download podcast here

Title Air Traffic Control Privatization: Will It Solve Anything?