FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2017
WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) today heralded the passage of the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The THUD funding bill delivers two key wins for air passengers and airports by modernizing the local Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) user fee and increasing funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to improve airport infrastructure, spur airline competition, lower airfares, and enhance the passenger experience.
“With so many politically divisive issues plaguing Washington, it is refreshing to see the Senate Appropriations Committee putting words into action through a bipartisan effort to modernize America’s aging airport infrastructure,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “Today’s action by the committee is as pro-air passenger as you can get, benefiting passengers traveling through airports of all sizes across America with updated facilities, lower airfares, shorter security lines, and more airline competition.”
“Airports applaud the strong leadership and political courage of Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS), Vice-Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), THUD Subcommittee Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME), and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) for working across the aisle and understanding that a modern and competitive airport system works for passengers and communities through increased economic opportunities, lower airfares, and a better passenger experience.”
Related: Beyond the Runway Coalition letter to Senate Appropriations Committee leadership in support of the Fiscal Year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.