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The COVID-19 pandemic had a profound impact on the U.S. aviation industry. Passenger traffic in April 2020 was 96% lower than April 2019, and stayed 60% below 2019 levels in 2020. Effects cascaded across airports, repair shops, and the supply chain.
Many federal agencies like the National Park Service and Federal Aviation Administration rely, in part, on user fees. In FY 2019, federal agencies collected over $100 billion in fees dedicated to specific purposes like park maintenance and airport improvements.
We testified about the critical roles the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Departments of Transportation and Treasury have played in the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the transportation sector.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
The U.S. commercial space transportation industry continues to evolve. More launches are putting more satellites and other payloads into space, and companies are edging closer to offering space tourism.
Air travel for people with disabilities can be very challenging if airport facilities aren't accessible and reasonable accommodations aren't provided.
Passengers with disabilities face infrastructure, information, and customer service barriers at U.S. airports.