US airlines welcome LaHood rumours

The Air Transport Association of America has issued a statement in response to the reports that Ray LaHood will be named as Department of
Transportation (DOT) secretary by President-elect Barack Obama.

The statement reads:

“Congressman Ray LaHood has a well-deserved reputation for his
even-handed, thoughtful and deliberative approach to complex issues.
Upon confirmation, ATA and our member airlines look forward to working
closely with Secretary LaHood on critical issues affecting airlines,
their customers and the nation, most importantly revitalization of the
aviation infrastructure, prudent and equitable action on the
reauthorization of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and how to best
utilize the airlines’ potential to generate the economic growth that the
Obama administration is intent on developing.”