Steve Moore: America’s Unfriendly Skies

October 13, 2017

Steve Moore, senior economics contributor to FreedomWorks.

America's Unfriendly Skies. Transportation expert Bob Poole of the Reason Foundation finds that the "cost per controlled flight hour in domestic airspace is $335 in Canada, but $453 in the United States, a 35% difference." Canada has gone private, as have many other nations, including the U.K. and Germany.

Meanwhile, we burn through an estimated $30 billion a year in lost man hours, lost productivity and wasted fuel due to flight delays. While weather accounts for many instances, thousands of delays and cancellations are due not to acts of God but to manmade disasters: The air traffic control system is just too antiquated, bureaucratic and expensive to cope with the current volume of flights.

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