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Delta launches website targeted at policy makers

Delta Air Lines is debuting a website focused on issues it is pushing with policymakers.

While companies’ lobbying efforts are sometimes done behind the scenes, the new site prominently shows some of Atlanta-based Delta’s biggest priorities in its efforts to influence government policy.

The website at DeltaTakingAction.com also includes a page showing Delta’s presence in different states.

Delta senior vice president of government affairs Heather Wingate said in a written statement that the site will be “a great resources for administration officials, members of Congress and Hill staffers.”

Delta in 2016 left its industry lobbying group Airlines for America over differences on policy issues.

Today, some of the biggest issues Delta is focused on include enforcing trade agreements on competition with Middle Eastern carriers and advocating for “free competition” policies. The website also focuses on workforce development and energy policies that “enhance domestic production of fuel while maintaining our commitment to environmental sustainability.”

According to the site’s interactive map, Delta has 36,438 employees based in Georgia. It operates 1,089 flights a day during peak periods, to 235 destinations.

Delta operates more than 76 percent of the airline flights in Georgia.

The airline flies to seven airports in Georgia: Albany, Augusta, Atlanta, Brunswick, Columbus, Savannah and Valdosta. It carried 80 million passengers to or from Georgia last year.

Delta launched the website at a reception Tuesday in Washington, D.C for Congressional members and staff.

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