Airline Lobbying Soared More than 30 Percent in 2017

Jan. 24, 2018

Airline lobbying last year soared more than 30 percent compared to 2016, a push that overlapped with a public debate over passenger rights and a White House-sanctioned plan to detach air traffic control from the federal government.

Airlines for America (A4A), which represents most of the country’s major airlines, spent $8.59 million in total on lobbying efforts in 2017, according to a recently filed disclosure form.

That number is a nearly 34-percent increase from the $6.43 million the group spent in 2016.

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