Ensuring the health, safety, and security of the travelling public and airport workers is always an airport’s top priority. As such, North American airports responded quickly to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Airports continue to take aggressive steps to protect everyone traveling through their facilities and their employees.

As governments and industries around the world begin to develop guidelines for the recovery and resumption of air service following the COVID-19 pandemic, they are considering an array of new measures for implementation at airports. As key stakeholders, North American airports should provide input, guidance, and leadership in developing measures that help to ensure consistency. ACI-NA committees are discussing ideas for short and long term recovery recommendations relevant to their missions. In order to ensure coordination and collaboration among these various committees, ACI-NA established a Airport Industry Recovery Advisory Panel.  This resource page is being made available to ACI-NA members and the broader industry to assist in recovery.

ACI-NA News

Airports Council Supports Framework to Reopen International Travel

ACI-NA today joined a coalition of more than 20 travel related organizations to develop a framework that safely and securely reopens international travel.

Airports Council Encourages Passengers to Plan Ahead for Summer Travel

Earlier today, ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke joined U.S. Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, Darby LaJoye, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the TSA Administrator, and other aviation stakeholders for a press event at Washington Reagan National Airport ahead of the summer travel season. 

Airports Council Calls for Re-Opening of U.S. – Canada Border

ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin Burke today sent a letter to the Secretaries of State, Commerce, and Transportation on the need to work with industry and the Canadian government to begin the process of re-opening the border between the United States and Canada. 

Airports Council Joins Coalition Call for Safe Reopening of International Borders

Airports Council today joined a growing coalition of aviation, travel, and tourism industry organizations in sending a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for the safe reopening of one of the world’s most important aviation markets. 

Airports Council President and CEO on Fox News: “Airports have done everything possible”

ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke had the opportunity to appear on Fox News and speak with John Roberts about the important steps airports have taken since the beginning of the pandemic to ensure the health and safety of the traveling public and airport workers.

Airports Council President and CEO Makes Key COVID-19 Policy Recommendations to Congress and Urges Additional Assistance

Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke testified today at the House Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security hearing to discuss air travel in […]

ACI-NA Press Releases

Airports Council Welcomes Plan to Reopen International Borders

ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today issued the following statement on the Biden Administration’s plan to reopen U.S. borders to foreign nationals and the easing of international travel restrictions into the United States beginning November 8, 2021.

Airports Council Welcomes Steps to Restore International Travel

ACI-NA today released the following statement from ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke in response to the announcement that fully vaccinated United States citizens will be permitted into Canada for non-essential travel beginning August 9, 2021.

Airports Council Marks One Year Anniversary of U.S. – Canada Border Closure to Non-Essential Travel

Reopening International Borders Starts with Healthy Airports   WASHINGTON and OTTAWA – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States […]

Building The Runway To Economic Growth: New Report Highlights Massive Infrastructure Needs At U.S. Airports In The Wake Of COVID-19 Pandemic

ACI-NA estimates that America’s airports need $115.4 billion for necessary infrastructure projects over the next five years.

Airports Council Applauds Congress for Including Airport Funds in COVID-19 Relief Package

ACI-NA today released a statement from President and CEO Kevin M. Burke in response to the COVID-relief package unveiled by Congress tonight.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Achieves Global Health Accreditation

Airports Council today congratulated the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the operator of the largest airport system in the world, on earning its Airport Health Accreditation. 

ACI-NA COVID-19 Resources

ACI-NA Industry COVID-19 Resources

Centerlines NOW Blog Updates

Looking Forward One Year In

By Kevin M. Burke, President and CEO, ACI-NA Now at the one-year milestone of widespread travel and local restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we are reminded that […]

The Importance of Employee Resilience

By Roel Huinink, President & CEO, JFKIAT This past year has disrupted and accelerated the pace of change in people, processes, place and technology across all aspects of the aviation […]

Mask Over Matter: Communicating in the Age of the Mask

By Lise D’Andrea, CXE So, here we are, facing our new reality behind a mask. Since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the use of cloth […]

ACI-NA COVID-19 Related Webinars and Presentations

COVID Testing at Airports – Part 2

The aviation industry, governments and the traveling public generally agree that COVID-19 testing regimes can enhance the safety of air travel. Implementing testing, however, is a challenge no matter the size or location of an airport.

Opening It Right: Airport ORAT Workshop – Part 2

Transitioning capital projects—especially multisystem terminal projects—from construction to operation is a complex undertaking requiring planning, coordination, collaboration, and communication.

Opening It Right: Airport ORAT Workshop – Part 1

Transitioning capital projects—especially multisystem terminal projects—from construction to operation is a complex undertaking requiring planning, coordination, collaboration, and communication.

COVID Testing at Airports – Part 1

This session will feature a panel of airports discussing how they came to the decision to offer testing at the airport, what their evaluation process entailed, what unexpected challenges and opportunities have arisen, and how they assess when to adapt the program.

COVID-19 Risk Management Issues Part 2: Construction

This webinar will include several airport practitioners and subject matter experts will continue to cover the effect of COVID-19 on construction and business interruption coverage.

COVID-19 Risk Management Issues Part 1: Cybersecurity, Emerging Risks, Management Risk

As airport leaders develop plans to get “back-to-business” in the new societal norms, there is a need to identify and leverage opportunities during these critical times in the industry.

U.S. Government Resources

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Transportation

Department of Treasury

Environmental Protection Agency

Department of Labor

Department of State

State and Local Restrictions

Canadian Government Resources

International Regional Resources

International Health Resources

Aviation

International Civil Aviation Organization

  • Aviation and COVID-19 resources, including the press release on its COVID-19 Aviation Recovery Task Force, established April 29, 2020.

International Air Transport Association

Airlines for America

Human Resources

National Human Resources Association

Travel Industry Associations

U.S. Travel Association

Association of Canadian Travel Associations

World Travel and Tourism Council

Travel Industry Company Solutions

Other Associations