Airports Central to U.S. Infrastructure Needs and Investment

January 28, 2014


WASHINGTON — Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) this evening issued the following statement in response to 2014 State of the Union:

“The next phase of the country’s economic recovery will depend in large part on how reliable our infrastructure will be to support new growth and activity.  Commercial aviation makes a tremendous economic impact across virtually all sectors, and dedicated investment is long overdue, especially in our nation’s airports,” said Kevin M. Burke, ACI-NA president and CEO.  “ACI-NA agrees with President Obama prioritizing the country’s infrastructure needs, which must include upgrading U.S. airports so that they exceed the rest of the world.”


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