This first week of January may have seen the temperature plummet in Washington, but our AirportsUnited efforts certainly heated up.
On Tuesday—which also was the first day of the 114th Congress—ACI-NA, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate committees overseeing the 2015 FAA Reauthorization. The airport industry’s priorities are clear: modernize the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) local user fee and maintain the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
On Thursday, the AirportsUnited “Beyond the Runway” coalition—which is comprised of more than 20 associations and organizations representing a broad range of interests—sent their own letter to House and Senate committee leadership. “We firmly believe that modernizing airport infrastructure is the best option for strengthening our nation’s aviation system to meet the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow,” the coalition wrote.
Also on Thursday, AirportsUnited ran a full-page ad in the print edition of Politico, showcasing our unified message and coalition partners:
ACI-NA’s social media channels this week, too, featured robust AirportsUnited activity. Several of our coalition partners engaged with us and our campaign’s messaging on Twitter, and our fiscal-year countdown infographics encouraged our audience to contact their members of Congress. Visit www.airportsunited.com to see how you can get involved.
But our most popular post on Facebook this week was the announcement of the latest additions to the North American Airport Trading Card series—a.k.a. #AirportCards: Indianapolis International Airport and Prince George Airport in British Columbia. We’d be very surprised if our friendly bit of trivia that Prince George had ever-so-slightly nudged Edmonton International Airport from the top spot as the northernmost participating airport—and which EIA shared with their Facebook followers—wasn’t a factor:
Finally, Instagram gave us a glimpse into another busy—and cold!—week at several member airports. This photo from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, though, proved that while it might be dreary outside, inside the terminal is a different world altogether:
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