Airports Call for the Confirmation of Kirstjen M. Nielsen as DHS Secretary

November 6, 2017


WASHINGTON — Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke expressed support for the confirmation of Kirstjen M. Nielsen as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Ensuring the safe, secure and efficient movement of the traveling public both domestically and internationally necessitates effective collaboration between the government, airports, airlines, law enforcement agencies, and other aviation industry stakeholders. Ms. Nielsen’s extensive experience as a leader in both senior government and industry security positions will be valuable in advancing the Department’s mission to ensure the security of our nation. ACI-NA looks forward to working with her to advance risk-based initiatives to enhance the security and efficiency of our aviation system.”


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