The ACI-NA U.S. International Air Service Program is the forum for U.S. Airports interested in international air service and related issues, and promotes the common interests of participating U.S. airports. Established in 1983, currently about 40 airports participate in the program which is supported by a separate dues assessment.

It focuses on development of international air services to U.S. communities as well as protection of U.S. airport proprietary rights in international agreements and aviation relationships. Many of these agreements and relationships determine which U.S. cities receive international air service and the nature of foreign airline rights at U.S. airports.

It provides essential access to the negotiating table that allows for U.S. airports to promote and protect their interests with U.S. and foreign decision makers.

Program staff participates as a member of the U.S. delegations which negotiate international aviation issues and in preparations leading up to aviation consultations and decisions. The direct participation ensures that the U.S. is aware of general and specific U.S. Government/airport/community interests during the consultations. It enables staff to inform participating airports of ongoing developments so they can effectively pursue their interests with airlines and the governments.

Staff also provides timely information via e-mail to airports on:

  • deliberations, meetings and negotiations
  • international aviation issues through country- and issue-specific memos
  • weekly updates, special reports

In association with ACI-NA, the group presents testimony to Congress and files comments with government agencies or committees on international aviation issues.

Finally, staff responds to U.S. airport requests for information on:

  • government and airline contacts
  • U.S. aviation agreements
  • U.S. government regulations and procedures

Staff provides guidance to U.S. airports about strategies and contacts to use in pursuing their international air service and proprietary rights interests. Each year, the program sponsors ACI-NA’s International Aviation Issues Seminar.

The ACI-NA Slot Task Force is a sub-committee of the U.S. International Air Service Program. It provides a unique forum for North America’s airports to share knowledge, experience and best practices on slot coordination and propose and/or support the development of slot policies, guidelines, and recommendations at U.S., North American, and global levels. The ACI-NA Slot Task Force reports regularly and comprehensively on its work to the U.S. International Air Service Program.

Leadership

Chair
Kristina Bennett-Holmes
Louis Armstrong New Orleans
International Airport

 

Committee Secretary
Rachel Tristan
(202) 293-8500

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Press Releases

Airport Industry to Meet in Minneapolis for the 2022 ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition

will host the 2022 ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition September 17 – 20, 2022, in Minneapolis, MN. The 2022 ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition is hosted by the Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC). Ricondo and SSP America are executive level sponsors of this year’s event.

Airports Council Names Industry Leaders to Board of Directors

“I am confident, Kevin, Jamie, B, and Johanne will bring their experience and expertise to strengthen our organization and industry as we plan our path forward for the years to come,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.

Airports Council Welcomes Lifting of Test Requirements for Entering the U.S.

ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today issued the following statement welcoming the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decision to lift the requirement for travelers to test negative for COVID-19 before entering the United States.

Events

ACI-NA Commentary on US International Air Service

’60 Minutes’ Correspondent Scott Pelley: Aviation is a Miracle

During the 2022 ACI-NA Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Alessio Olivetti caught up with Scott Pelley, the 60 Minutes correspondent and 2022 annual conference keynote, who shared his experience as tireless […]

Celebrating April as U.S. Airport Professional Appreciation Month

  As U.S. Airport Professional Appreciation Month comes to a close, we have been so excited to celebrate the airport industry professionals who are demonstrating their commitment to industry excellence […]

Looking Forward One Year In

By Kevin M. Burke, President and CEO, ACI-NA Now at the one-year milestone of widespread travel and local restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we are reminded that […]

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