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
Carol Obermeier

Southwest Florida International Airport

Committee Secretary
Rachel Tristan
(202) 293-8500

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Press Releases

Collaboration with Federal Agencies Essential to Restoring Aviation

ACI-NA today called for continued collaboration and coordination between the aviation stakeholders and the U.S. government as travel begins to resume with the release of “Runway to Recovery.”

Airports Council Launches ‘Ready for Every Journey’ Campaign as Travel Resumes

ACI-NA today launched its “Ready for Every Journey” campaign to help educate passengers and local communities about the steps airports are taking to protect health and safety as travel resumes following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Airports Council Releases COVID-19 Recovery Recommendations and Priorities

ACI-NA today released an introductory report highlighting 42 immediate industry recommendations and priorities (one page fact sheet) to assist with the restart and recovery of air travel in the United States and Canada following the coronavirus (COVID-19) health pandemic.

Events

ACI-NA Commentary on US International Air Service

Americans Are Starting to Fly Again

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

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