ACI-NA and AAAE Send Joint Letter to President Trump on Infrastructure and Regulatory Relief

WASHINGTON –On the heels of the Trump administration releasing its Fiscal Year 2018 budget request last week, which articulated several infrastructure investment principles supported by the administration, ACI-NA and AAAE sent a letter to President Trump yesterday explaining how eliminating the federal cap on the Passenger Facility Charge and providing regulatory relief to airports are wholly consistent with those infrastructure principles.  As the letter states:

With regard to the local PFC user fee, it is clear that doing away with this outdated and unnecessary federal restriction would allow airports to become more financially independent from the federal government and help them leverage private sector funding for significant capital projects – goals that correspond directly with principles you have identified for an eventual infrastructure investment package…

On the airport regulatory relief front, AAAE and ACI-NA have shared with your staff a lengthy list of specific proposals that would reduce unwanted federal interference and empower airports to operate more like businesses.  Cutting federal red tape could also speed up the time it takes airports to build critical infrastructure projects that increase capacity, support jobs and impact our economy.  We hope you will keep these airport-specific recommendations in mind as you and your team continue to work to roll back burdensome, costly, and unnecessary regulations.

You can find the full letter here.  

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About ACI-NA

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.