Airports Welcome New Opportunity to Address Growing Infrastructure Needs

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 Bringing our outdated and strained airport system into the 21st century will benefit travelers, businesses, and local economies across the country.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.”



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