All posts for the month March, 2011

FAA Finally on the Floor

By Jane Calderwood The U.S. House of Representatives began debating H.R. 658, the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act, this afternoon.  Listening to the debate, it is clear there is a major difference of opinion on the impact the bill will have on the aviation industry, and one’s interpretation clearly depends on which side of the […]

Celebrating 100 Open Skies Agreements

By Debby McElroy On Wednesday, Diane Peterson and I were privileged to attend a ceremony at the Department of State celebrating the 100th Open Skies Agreement, signed with Colombia in late 2010. Jose Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, opened the program, introducing Secretary Hillary Clinton, who emphasized the importance […]

Give Airports Flexibility on the PFC

Today, ACI-NA President Greg Principato posted the following blog in the National Journal online discussion concerning the pending FAA reauthorization bills. The key question left to decide as the House considers its’ FAA reauthorization bill is whether or not Congress is willing to get the federal government out of the business of interfering with local […]

Customers Are Not Just Another Can of Soup

By Stephenie Brooks Chicken noodle, cream of mushroom, tomato—um, no thank you. No canned soup for me.  I prefer it home made, and garnished with customer service. At the ACI-NA Customer Service & Aviation Education Conference held last week in Denver, the point was made by Sally Covington, deputy manager of aviation Marketing and public […]

CBO: Funding is All About Control

By Debby McElroy Last week the Congressional Budget Office released Reducing the Deficit: Spending and Revenue Options, an annual report which included among its options for reducing spending the elimination of Airport Improvement Program grants for the 65 large and medium hub airports, which enplane nearly 90 percent of passengers. The discussion of airport grants […]

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