Airports Welcome Agreement to Temporarily Reopen Government

January 25, 2019

Citing Air Travel Disruptions, ACI-NA Calls for Final Conclusion to the Government Shutdown

Washington – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today welcomed the announcement by President Donald J. Trump that he and congressional leaders have agreed to reopen the government temporarily, but warned that without a final conclusion to the partial government shutdown passengers will continue to experience air travel delays and disruptions across the United States. Burke also repeated his call for President Trump and Congress to reach a long-term deal that restores certainty in air travel for federal workers and air passengers.

“ACI-NA and our member airports have warned policymakers for weeks about adverse impacts the partial government shutdown would have on safety, security, and efficiency of the United States’ National Airspace System and our airports.

“Today’s air traffic delays along the eastern seaboard—although effectively managed by hard-working air traffic professionals who have gone five weeks without pay—demonstrate an aviation system that is rapidly approaching a breaking point.

“Given similar scenarios with lengthy wait times inside our airport terminals as TSA transportation security officers and CBP officers are forced to work without pay, the safety and security of our aviation system will only deteriorate without an immediate end to this shutdown.

“While we welcome news that the President and congressional leaders have agreed to temporarily reopen the government, ACI-NA strongly urges them to reach a long-term deal that ensures the dedicated federal workers who make our air transportation system run are paid so that our air transportation system is restored to its full capability.”


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