WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today welcomed the issuance of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) by the U.S. Department of Transportation to amend 49 C.F.R. Part 23, Participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in Airport Concessions (“Part 23”) and 49 C.F.R Part 26, Participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Financial Assistance Programs (“Part 26”).
“ACI-NA and its members have long advocated for equity, diversity, and inclusion through the various programs and activities in which airport operators are involved,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “This includes promoting successful Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“ACDBE”) programs. We are pleased that DOT issued the NPRM on Part 23 as ACI-NA requested, and look forward to working with our members to submit comments on both programs.”
ACI-NA strongly supports airport DBE and ACDBE programs. Both have shown to be important tools in the toolbox to help disadvantaged members of local communities have fair and equitable access to participate in airport business opportunities.
In June 2021, ACI-NA requested that the Department of Transportation (DOT) initiate a Part 23 rulemaking to address numerous unresolved regulatory issues and modernize the ACDBE program.
A copy of ACI-NA’s June 2021 letter can be found here.