Airports Call for More Local Control and Self-Help in Infrastructure Investment

WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today urged President Donald J. Trump to follow through on campaign promises to improve U.S. airport infrastructure following the release of the President’s 2018 budget proposal. 

“Airports agree with President Trump that the current system we use to invest in our infrastructure is woefully outdated.  We applaud his commitment to encouraging more local control and self-help when it comes to local infrastructure investment decisions.  The budget proposal released today, however, does not go far enough in providing airports with the tools they need, including eliminating the federally imposed cap on the essential Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), to meet their nearly $100 billion in infrastructure needs and rebuild our nation’s aviation infrastructure.  Airports look forward to working with the Trump Administration and Congress to uncap the PFC and swiftly unleash the powerful economic forces flowing from new airport infrastructure projects – like the creation of an estimated 2.1 million jobs – for the benefit of passengers and local communities."