WASHINGTON—Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today released the following statement from President and CEO Kevin M. Burke in support of the bipartisan infrastructure deal in the Senate. The package is set to include $25 billion for American airports and air traffic control towers – with $20 billion allocated for U.S. airports – as the industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to invest in measures to limit the spread of the virus.
“Airports across the U.S. support this bipartisan infrastructure agreement because it makes a much-needed down payment to upgrade aging facilities,” Burke said. “Chronically underfunded, airports have struggled to make necessary terminal, runway and access improvements to keep pace with the increasing number of passengers and cargo. As a result, U.S. airports face more than $115 billion in documented infrastructure needs over the next five years. These investments are more crucial than ever as the industry recovers from steep losses resulting the COVID-19 pandemic and makes continued investments to keep travelers and workers healthy and safe. We support this bipartisan deal and encourage Congress to enact it.”
Earlier this year, ACI-NA released its latest report on airport infrastructure needs across the U.S. Check out the full report, Building the Runway to Economic Growth, here.