RAA Congratulates Janet Yellen for Confirmation as Treasury Secretary

Washington, DC, February 5, 2021. Media contact: media@raa.org

Following last week’s confirmation of Janet Yellen as Secretary of the Treasury Department, Regional Airline Association (RAA) President and CEO Faye Malarkey Black offered this statement:

“We congratulate Secretary Janet Yellen on her confirmation as Secretary of Treasury and being the first woman to lead the Department. We believe the strong bipartisan support that Secretary Yellen received, speaks highly of her past accomplishments and the confidence in her ability to lead during a time of crisis, stabilize the economy, and restore jobs. RAA looks forward to continuing to work with the Department to support our regional airline workforce through the highly successful Payroll Support Program. Specifically, RAA wants to ensure a fair, efficient, and timely distribution of these funds to maximize their support for the regional airline industry’s workforce. To date, only a very small sampling of carriers and operators have received their PSP2 awards despite passage of the legislation last December. A healthy airline industry will be essential to rebuilding our nation’s economy and we look forward to working with Secretary Yellen towards recovery.”

About RAA  
The Regional Airline Association (RAA) provides a unified voice of advocacy for North American regional airlines aimed at promoting a safe, reliable and strong regional airline industry. RAA serves as an important support network connecting regional airlines and industry business partners. In the United States, regional airlines operate 40% of scheduled passenger flights and provide the only source of scheduled air service to 66% of the nation’s airports. Regional airlines provide 75% or more of the air service in Alabama (76%), Alaska (88%), Arkansas (83%), Idaho (75%), Iowa (76%), Kansas (78%), Maine (77%), Mississippi (77%), Montana (78%), Nebraska (90%), North Dakota (87%), South Dakota (85%), Vermont (77%), West Virginia (92%), and Wyoming (78%). Regional airlines provide half or more of the air service in Indiana (61%), Kentucky (67%), Michigan (57%), New Hampshire (61%), New Mexico (53%), North Carolina (54%), Ohio (58%), Oklahoma (51%), Oregon (50%), Pennsylvania (53%), Rhode Island (54%), South Carolina (54%), Tennessee (47%), Virginia (58%) and Wisconsin (61%).