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.

Leadership

Chair
Yil Surehan
Vice President
Airline Business Development
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

 

Committee Secretary
Rachel Tristan
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Press Releases

Airports Council Statement on Conclusion of U.S. – Canadian Bilateral Meeting

WASHINGTON and OTTAWA – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today issued the following statement following […]

Airports Council International – North America Announces New Industry Leaders

WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today announced the election of new leaders across […]

ACI-NA Applauds COVID-19 Relief for Airports in Latest House Package

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) today released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives’ latest COVID-19 relief proposal that provides $8 billion for U.S. airports. “On behalf of U.S. airports, we thank House leaders for including much-needed funds for airports in their latest COVID-relief bill,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “Without any clear projections for when people will resume air travel, American airports continue to suffer unsustainable financial losses from the steep and prolonged downturn in commercial aviation.”

Events

ACI-NA Commentary on US International Air Service

Americans Are Starting to Fly Again

States around the country are taking their first steps to safely reopen our economy and to start rebuilding a sense of normal life. This Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial [...]

Scott Pelley to Keynote Airports Council Annual Conference

Meet our 2020 Annual Conference Keynote Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) this week revealed that Scott Pelley, the award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent and former CBS Evening News anchor […]

Infrastructure Week 2019: 20th Century Airports in a 21st Century World

Today marks the official start to Infrastructure Week 2019, the long-celebrated week each year when the infrastructure community comes together and engages in a broad conversation about the importance of […]

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