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U.S. Senate Confirms Dickson as FAA Head

The U.S. Senate voted 52-40 to confirm former Delta Air Lines executive Steven Dickson to a five-year term as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, putting permanent leadership at the helm of the agency for the first time in more than a year.

Dickson retired last year as Delta’s senior vice president of flight operations, after 27 years with the carrier. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation voted 9-8 to advance Dickson out of the committee earlier this week.

Kevin Burke, Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) president and CEO, congratulated Dickson and sad U.S. airports appreciate the strong relationship they have with the FAA.

“We look forward to working closely with Administrator Dickson to improve our nation’s airports by finding a real solution to our significant infrastructure needs and by reforming and streamlining costly regulatory burdens on our industry,” Burke says. “Modernizing our airports will enhance the air travel experience for millions of Americans.”