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MEDIA ADVISORY: New Schumer Report to Detail Massive Costs Of Flight Delays to Passengers, Airlines, and U.S. Economy as Memorial Day Travel Season Approaches

May 21 2008

NEW SCHUMER REPORT TO DETAIL MASSIVE COSTS OF FLIGHT DELAYS TO PASSENGERS, AIRLINES, AND U.S. ECONOMY AS MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL SEASON APPROACHES

Joint Economic Committee Examined Over 10 Million Individual Flight Records for 2007 from the Department of Transportation

JEC Findings Will Show Severe Impact of Flight Delays Such as Lost Traveler Productivity, Higher Fuel and Maintenance Expenses for Airlines, Missed Family Vacations, and Increased Pollution

Individual Airport by Airport Analysis Will Show Average Delays Around the Country and Illustrate Widespread Delay Problems

Washington D.C.U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), will hold a news conference this Thursday, May 22 2008 at 11:30 am in the Senate TV/Radio Gallery to release a new JEC report entitled “Your Flight Has Been Delayed Again:  Flight Delays Cost Passengers, Airlines, and the U.S. Economy Billions in 2007.”  This report, using flight by flight analysis from Department of Transportation data, will reveal the serious economic impact of frequent flight delays on passengers, airlines, and the whole U.S. economy.  Schumer will be joined by the Vice Chair of the JEC, Rep. Carolyn Maloney. 

WHO:      Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Carolyn Maloney
WHAT:    Release of JEC Report: “Your Flight Has Been Delayed Again:  Flight Delays Cost Passengers, Airlines, and the U.S. Economy Billions in 2007” 
WHEN:    Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 11:30am
WHERE:  Senate Radio/TV Gallery

The Joint Economic Committee, established under the Employment Act of 1946, was created by Congress to review economic conditions and to analyze the effectiveness of economic policy.

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