By Morgan Dye
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) President Greg Principato has written to Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-4th), Rick Larsen (WA-2) and Congresswoman Laura Richardson (CA-37), Co-Chairs of the New Dem Coalition’s Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing Task Force, expressing support for their agenda to foster economic growth and job creation. The proposal was released last week during the Coalition’s meeting with the Chair of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
In his letter to the Task Force Chairs, Principato applauded their aviation proposal stating that “Airports take very seriously their critical role as an economic engine for their community which is why your proposal calling for airports to be given the flexibility to collect the revenue necessary to improve our facilities is a welcome one. US airports are increasingly at a distinct competitive disadvantage when it comes to infrastructure investment compared with facilities in other countries.”
ACI-NA’s letter went on to explain that the pending FAA Reauthorization legislation fails to give airports any flexibility when it comes to the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) which is a local fee paid by passengers who use the airport. The PFC has not been raised since 2000. Principato noted that, “If Congress would lift the ceiling, thereby allowing airports to work with their local community to set the PFC at a figure that ensures they are able to meet their outstanding airside infrastructure needs as well as to plan for future needs, airports’ need for federal assistance, particularly for those classified as large or medium hubs, would lessen significantly.”
Principato also expressed his interest in meeting with the co-chairs to discuss ways ACI-NA could help spread their message of economic growth and job creation.