Principato Responds to Potential Impact of Sequestration

WASHINGTON—Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) President Greg Principato today issued the following statement in response to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood’s announcement regarding the U.S. airports potentially affected by sequestration cuts:

“It is our sincere hope that Congress and the President resolve the mandatory ‘sequester’ budget cuts. We recognize that budgetary reductions are necessary but believe decisions on cutting air traffic control services should be made based on most efficiently serving the needs and safety of the traveling public and in consultation with airports, airlines as well as affected communities. It is important to remember that airports are critical for creating jobs and generating economic activity throughout the United States.”

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.