California Airports are Terminally Challenged

Just like airports across the country, California airports face unprecedented infrastructure challenges that threaten their ability to remain competitive and globally connected.

Maxed Out Airports

When the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) user fee is maxed out, airports aren’t able to fund needed infrastructure projects that help the airport keep pace with growth in passenger and cargo volume.

Inyokern  2019
Mammoth Yosemite  2019
Jack McNamara Field  2021
Hollywood Burbank  2021
John Wayne Airport  2022
California Redwood Coast  2022
San Luis County Regional  2022
Monterey Regional  2023
Meadows Field  2024
Fresno Yosemite International  2024
Ontario International  2024
Redding Municipal  2025
Stockton Metropolitan  2025
Charles M. Schulz  2026
Santa Maria Public  2028
Los Angeles International  2029
San Francisco International  2029
San Jose International  2030
Imperial County  2030
Long Beach  2034
Sacramento International  2034
Oakland International  2035
Palm Springs International  2037
San Diego International  2039
Santa Barbara Municipal  2039
McClellan-Palomar  2043

U.S. Airport Infrastructure Needs Near $130 Billion

While passenger and cargo traffic through airport facilities continues to grow at a record pace, our outdated aviation infrastructure is not keeping up with demand. As a result, far too many airports around the country are overcrowded and cramped. America’s airports require more than $128 billion in infrastructure upgrades by 2023.

Airport Needs by Project

At nearly 56 percent, terminal projects account for the largest share of infrastructure needs of all airports for 2019 through 2023. Such projects are needed to accommodate more passengers and larger aircraft, implement new security requirements, facilitate increased competition among airlines, and enhance the passenger experience.

Addressing the Infrastructure Funding Shortfall for All U.S. Airports

With America’s airports facing more than $128 billion in new infrastructure needs across the system and a debt burden of $91.6 billion from past projects, it is time to find the means to rebuild our nation’s aviation infrastructure and improve the passenger experience for millions of travelers.
Modestly adjusting the outdated federal cap on local PFCs would allow airports to take control of their own investment decisions and become more financially self-sufficient. Airports could build the appropriate facilities like terminals, gates, baggage systems, security checkpoints, roadways, and runways – to meet the travel demands and customer expectations of their community.