Airports Council CEO on CNN: We Can Modernize America’s Airports for Less Than a Cup of Coffee

WASHINGTON – As part of a special series focused on the need to fix America’s infrastructure, Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) CEO Kevin M. Burke recently appeared on CNN to highlight how a modernized Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) will improve our nation’s airport infrastructure, reduce airport congestion, and lower ticket prices for travelers.

In an interview with CNN’s Nick Watt, Burke explained that Congress can help American airports make much-needed renovations by updating the 20-year-old PFC.

“…the bottom line is we have old airports in this country,” Burke explained. “For less than a cup of Starbucks coffee we can modernize American airports…Considering how important the airports are to the economy of the United States, I think it’s absolutely critical for Congress to make that decision to help us out.”

A recent ACI report found that America’s airports require more than $128 billion in infrastructure upgrades by 2023. You can watch the full clip here.


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 support more than 11.5 million jobs and account for $1.4 trillion in economic activity – or more than seven percent of the total U.S. GDP. Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at