All posts in category Policy Issues

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 [...]

At The Gate and Ready To Go

My job here at ACI-NA is to help our member airports gain greater financial flexibility.

Do airlines fact-check airport claims?

  By Tom Smith After an airport has that critical first meeting with an airline, such as at ACI-NA’s JumpStart, how much time does the carrier spend fact-checking the airport’s pitch presentation? It depends. During the day-long ACI-NA International Aviation Issues Seminar on Thursday here in Washington, there were a few useful or insightful nuggets [...]

Reis: 2014 Ready for Takeoff

By Caroline O’Reilly  “We have some challenges and we have some opportunities,” said Mark Reis as he opened his first official remarks as 2014 ACI-NA Board Chair during Wednesday’s Chairman’s Honors Luncheon.  “Our ‘to-do’ list is getting no shorter.  If anything, it is longer and it is more imperative.”  And with that, Reis wasted no [...]

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