Southwest Airlines Pilots Host Congressman Lipinski
CHICAGO, April 5, 2013
Senior Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Member Meets with Southwest
CHICAGO, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Southwest Airlines
Pilots' Association (SWAPA) announced that representatives from the union
provided Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) with a comprehensive tour of
Southwest facilities at Midway International Airport today.
Lipinski, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee and member of the Aviation Subcommittee, represents the Third
Congressional District of Illinois, which includes Midway Airport, Chicago's
Southwest Side and south and southwestern suburbs.
"I appreciated the opportunity to learn more from Southwest pilots about their
profession and the work they do in making Midway Airport one of the world's
finest airports," Rep. Lipinski said. "Keeping Midway operating safely and
efficiently is vitally important to the nation's aviation system. The pilots I
listened to today, along with all of the airport's employees, deserve credit
for Midway's success and the impact they have on the entire Chicago region."
Accompanied by Station Managers and Chief Pilots, the Congressman spent more
than an hour with SWAPA employees in the pilot lounge. Lipinski used the
opportunity to describe his responsibilities on the Aviation Subcommittee,
answer questions and learn more about the day-to-day lives of the pilots.
"SWAPA is not only grateful for the time Congressman Lipinski spent with our
pilots, but the thoughtful interaction and conversation he brought to his
visit," said Mark Richardson, SWAPA President. "His willingness to listen to
pilot concerns and educate himself on the work of our professionals is a
testament to the methodical and considerate approach he takes to lawmaking."
The visit is the first in a planned series of outreach events designed to
provide lawmakers with an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the piloting
Located in Dallas, Texas, the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA)
is a non-profit employee organization representing the more than 6,400 pilots
of Southwest Airlines. SWAPA works to provide a secure and rewarding career
for Southwest pilots and their families through negotiating contracts,
defending contractual rights and actively promoting professionalism and
safety. For more information on the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association,
SOURCE Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association
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