FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2017
WASHINGTON – Citing a lack of long-term solutions for America’s airport infrastructure needs, Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) today stated its opposition to the 21st Century AIRR Act (H.R. 2997).
“Airports Council International – North America opposes the 21st Century AIRR Act, so long as it does not include the ability for airports to fund critically needed infrastructure projects,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “Airports proposed a fix – modernizing the Passenger Facility Charge user fee – that would have allowed us to address our $100 billion in essential airport infrastructure needs without costing federal taxpayers a single penny. Unfortunately, this provision was not included in this bill, nor any other provision seriously addressing airport infrastructure.”
The 21st Century AIRR Act also lowers funding for the important Airport Improvement Program (AIP) by two percent, different from what was originally reported out of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. While the bill still contains a small increase to AIP, this will not sustain our long-term airport infrastructure needs.