Airlines Say Flights Could Be Disrupted if 5G Deployment by AT&T and Verizon Not Delayed

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AT&T and Verizon Communications declined US government requests to delay the launch of new 5G services on January 5, with the Airlines for America trade group warning of an increase in flight.

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The business group represents airlines such as American (ticker: AAL) and Delta (DAL), and freight carriers FedEx (FDX) and United Parcel Service (UPS).

“Without proper mitigation, 5G deployment around airports could disrupt 345,000 passenger flights — affecting 32 million passengers — in the form of delays, diversions or cancellations in addition to 5,400 cargo flights each year,” Airlines for America said in a statement. Sunday, according to a Businesshala report.

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Airlines for America last week filed an emergency petition with the Federal Communications Commission to halt the deployment of 5G technologies near 135 airports.

AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) said on Sunday they may halt the rollout of 5G services for six months to match limits imposed by regulators in France, The Wall Street Journal reported. The services were expected to be launched in 46 of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States.

“If American airlines are allowed to operate flights every day in France, the same operating conditions should allow them to do so in the United States,” the chief executives wrote in a letter reviewed by the Journal.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Steve Dixon on Friday asked AT&T and Verizon to suspend commercial deployment of 5G services for “no more than two weeks” over aviation safety concerns, particularly in Hawaii. On possible interference with the ship’s radio system. ,

Write to Joe Woelfel at [email protected]

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