Washington, DC – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke and American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) President and CEO Todd Hauptli today issued a joint statement following the release of The Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act (AIRR Act), House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster’s Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization proposal:
“We recognize today’s introduction of the AIRR Act is an initial step, not the last step, of a complex process. We are pleased to see the Chairman’s proposal preserves and protects essential funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and that it removes a burdensome requirement to better streamline the FAA approval process for needed infrastructure project funding.”
“We are serially underinvesting in airports in this country by more than $3 billion annually according to the FAA, and the proposal put forward today misses a significant opportunity to tackle the real challenge of aging airport infrastructure and airports’ ability to serve their passengers and communities. The easiest way to build airport infrastructure and let airports address their own local needs is through a modernized Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) program.”
"As the FAA reauthorization process continues, AAAE and ACI-NA will continue to urge Congress to adjust the federal cap on local PFCs so that airports can do their part to meet the infrastructure needs of our national aviation system. There is a long way to go before this legislation is ready for final adoption by the Congress."
AirportsUnited is a collaborative effort between Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) advocating for federal policies that strengthen our nation’s aviation infrastructure to meet the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow. Together with our growing coalition of industry partners, AirportsUnited showcases the unity and resolve of airports across the country to enact our core policy goals, especially as we prepare for the upcoming FAA reauthorization debate in Congress. It also provides a platform for partners in our coalition to contact members of Congress and collectively lend their voices to our effort. Airports, contractors, vendors, retail establishments, restaurants, businesses, tourism groups, municipalities, and states all have a vested interest in ensuring that airports remain strong economic engines and job centers for their local communities. We have a great story to tell, and united we can share it. Learn more at www.airportsunited.com.
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports. Collectively, U.S. airports employ more than 1.3 million people and account for $1.2 trillion in economic activity—or seven percent of the total U.S. workforce and eight percent of GDP. Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at www.aci-na.org.
Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's 5,000-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program. Learn more at www.aaae.org.