ACI-NA Welcomes Certainty for Airports through FAA Extension

WASHINGTON, DC — Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today applauded the passage of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016, a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension through September 30, 2017.

“Extending FAA authorization through September 30, 2017, provides U.S. airports with much needed certainty with steady funding through the Airport Improvement Program as Congress works towards a long-term reauthorization. Because maintaining the safety and security of the traveling public is our top priority, we welcome efforts contained in this legislation to expand Transportation Security Administration (TSA) PreCheck enrollment and increase screening efficiency through a more effective allocation of TSA staffing.  We will continue our work with Congress in the next session to give airports more control over local investment decisions so we can modernize airport infrastructure and enhance the passenger experience.  We also remain fully committed to working with Congress and the TSA to ensure the safest, most efficient screening process possible.”  

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.