Airports Council Statement on Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan

WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today welcomed the appointment of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to be Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security following the departure of Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen. 

“In order to promote effective security measures and efficient passenger movements through our facilities, airports rely on collaborative relationships with the Department, the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.  “During his time as U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, Kevin McAleenan has proven to be a collaborative and engaged leader who brings immense experience working with airports at points of entry into the United States.  We thank Secretary Nielsen for her service, and airports look forward to continuing our work with Acting Secretary McAleenan to ensure airports have the resources they need to provide safe, secure, and efficient security screening and international arrivals processes.”


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