All posts in category Airports

Getting Our Message Out There

By Kevin M. Burke Over the last couple of days, I have had the chance to tell the airport story in several local and national forums.  My consistent message: Airports need greater funding flexibility and the ability to generate local dollars for local capital projects with a higher PFC ceiling. In an interview with CNN [...]

Lawmakers Share Their Insights

By Tom Smith During last week’s ACI-NA/AAAE Washington Legislative Conference, while federal officials reviewed their past accomplishments it is worth noting their forward-looking observations on the 2015 FAA reauthorization and the TSA. Participating in the Thursday briefings of airport directors were FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, (R-N.H.), Sen. Dan Coats, (R-Ind.), Rep. [...]

Translating Airport Needs for the Public

By Tom Smith As airports continue an effort to educate Congress to secure billions to fund a backlog of capital projects, two words of advice – localize and personalize. Messaging efforts on the Hill are lost when the focus is on the large numbers. Audiences’ attention span wanes and eyeballs begin to glaze over. The [...]

Tell Your Story

By Tom Smith If there was one crystal clear message on Wednesday at the ACI-NA/AAAE Washington Leadership Conference it was that airports need to do a much better job at telling their story to their home state congressional delegation. A strong supporter of airports and the aviation industry, Sen. Patty Murray, (D-Wash.), told the airport [...]

Lessons Learned from Airport Crises

  By Tom Smith Over two days in Albuquerque during the 2014 ACI-NA Media Relations Seminar, airport communicators came away with a toolbox of tips on handling a crisis at the airport. Vivid presentations by San Francisco International Airport concerning the Asiana crash and Los Angeles International Airport’s active shoot incident set the stage for [...]

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