Airports Council Statement on Nomination of Phil Washington as FAA Administrator

WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today issued the below statement endorsing President Biden’s nomination of Phillip A. Washington, CEO of the Denver International Airport (DEN), as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“No one better understands the needs and challenges of the federal aviation system than the leaders of our nation’s airports. As CEO of Denver International Airport, Phil has had to work as a real innovator and problem-solver during one of the most difficult times our industry has faced, and his knowledge and experience are exactly what we need in an FAA Administrator. This will be particularly important as we continue efforts to implement the bipartisan infrastructure bill and begin work on the next FAA reauthorization. Furthermore, his strong track record when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion clearly illustrates his understanding that our industry is about much more than facilities and regulations — it’s also about the people who support it. We fully endorse Phil’s nomination to serve in this important role and encourage the Senate to swiftly confirm him. We are confident that he will be a strong and effective administrator.”

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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