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 Welcomes Steps to Restore International Travel

ACI-NA today released the following statement from ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke in response to the announcement that fully vaccinated United States citizens will be permitted into Canada for non-essential travel beginning August 9, 2021.

Airports Council Welcomes Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

ACI-NA today welcomed the announcement of a bipartisan infrastructure framework that includes $25 billion in new airport infrastructure investment.

Airports Council Congratulates Sullenberger on Nomination to be U.S. Ambassador to ICAO

ACI-NA today congratulated Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger on his nomination to be the next ambassador for the United States to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Events

ACI-NA Commentary on US International Air Service

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 […]

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 [...]

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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