ACI-NA Calls for Immediate Action to Improve Airport Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, DC – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today called for immediate action to improve U.S. airport infrastructure following the release of a “D” rating for the state of America’s aviation infrastructure by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

“With nearly $100 billion in infrastructure needs over the next five years, America’s airports are at risk of losing their position as leaders in the global aviation system.  As today’s report card by the American Society of Civil Engineers demonstrates, we must act quickly to get Washington out of the way and eliminate the outdated federal restrictions that hold America’s airports back.  Over the last two years, America’s airport infrastructure needs have increased 32 percent and our ASCE rating has dropped.  Air passengers and communities count on their airports.  We can’t let them down.

“Airports are ready to work with Congress and the Trump Administration to address these significant infrastructure needs in the most cost effective and sustainable way possible.  Congress can help ensure the self-sufficiency of America’s airports in meeting their own infrastructure needs without increasing federal spending  by eliminating the outdated federal cap on the local user fee known as the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC).  To encourage additional investment, Congress should also fully fund the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).”

The ASCE Infrastructure Report Card comes on the heels of ACI-NA’s recently released report, Airport Infrastructure Needs: 2017 – 2021, a comprehensive look at airport infrastructure needs and projects.  ACI-NA estimates that U.S. airports have a collective funding need of $99.9 billion over the next five years, or nearly $20 billion per year, to undertake these projects.

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.