FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2018
WASHINGTON – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today congratulated the winners of yesterday’s federal elections and called for swift action by the new Congress to address the significant infrastructure needs of U.S. airports.
“I congratulate all the winners in yesterday’s elections. Airports are ready for take-off on the long overdue push to upgrade our nation’s aging infrastructure. Bringing our outdated and strained airport system into the 21st century will benefit travelers, businesses, and local economies across the country.
“Despite the rhetoric in recent years, little has been done to help airports keep pace with infrastructure investments while passenger volume skyrockets. The outcome of last night’s elections provides a welcomed opportunity for a new Congress to come together in a bipartisan way to address the significant infrastructure needs of our airports. We look forward to working with new congressional leaders and the Trump Administration to provide airports with the funding resources necessary to address their needs locally.
“Airports are vital engines of economic growth for local communities across the United States, generating more than $1.4 trillion in annual economic activity and supporting 11.5 million jobs. At the same time, America’s airports have nearly $100 billion in infrastructure needs through 2021 to accommodate tremendous growth in passenger and cargo activity, rehabilitate and expand facilities, enhance the passenger experience, and spur much-needed airline competition.”