Acting FAA administrator Michael Huerta said the agency is optimistic about strong, long-term US air passenger traffic growth despite a near-term stagnation in capacity expansion. This includes US carriers reaching the milestone of 1 billion passengers carried annually by 2024, up 36.9% from 730.7 million passengers flown by US airlines in 2011, according to FAA. But air traffic management must be aggressively modernized to meet those demand expectations, Huerta told FAA's annual ...

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