Airports Call for More Local Control and Self-Help in Infrastructure Investment

WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today urged President Donald J. Trump to follow through on campaign promises to improve U.S. airport infrastructure following the release of the President’s 2018 budget proposal. 

“Airports agree with President Trump that the current system we use to invest in our infrastructure is woefully outdated.  We applaud his commitment to encouraging more local control and self-help when it comes to local infrastructure investment decisions.  The budget proposal released today, however, does not go far enough in providing airports with the tools they need, including eliminating the federally imposed cap on the essential Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), to meet their nearly $100 billion in infrastructure needs and rebuild our nation’s aviation infrastructure.  Airports look forward to working with the Trump Administration and Congress to uncap the PFC and swiftly unleash the powerful economic forces flowing from new airport infrastructure projects – like the creation of an estimated 2.1 million jobs – for the benefit of passengers and local communities."

About ACI-NA

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America.  Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports.  Collectively, U.S. airports employ more than 1.3 million people and account for $1.2 trillion in economic activity—or seven percent of the total U.S. workforce and eight percent of GDP.  Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada's GDP. Learn more at www.aci-na.org.