LAWA Urges Congress to Re-Examine Airport Funding

23 March 2010 (Last Updated March 23rd, 2010 18:30)

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) executive director Gina Marie Lindsey has urged the US Congress to re-examine how federal funds are allocated to airports in the US. According to Lindsey, if changes are brought to the current federal fund allocation process, it will help airports to be

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) executive director Gina Marie Lindsey has urged the US Congress to re-examine how federal funds are allocated to airports in the US.

According to Lindsey, if changes are brought to the current federal fund allocation process, it will help airports to better leverage revenues and reinvest in ageing infrastructure.

Permanent exemption from the alternative minimum tax for public-use airport project financing and increasing the cap on passenger facility charges are two of the measures suggested by Lindsey.

Lindsey also recommended the redistribution of federal airport improvement grants towards airports serving higher numbers of passengers.

Lindsey said increased funding for NextGen technology will help the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to significantly improve the efficiency and safety of the nation's air traffic system.

Lindsey has asked committee members to raise the limit on the passenger facility charge (PFC), which is included in the FAA reauthorisation bill, currently pending before the congress.

If the discretionary PFC amount is raised to the proposed $7 per enplaned passenger, every dollar increase in the PFC will yield $300m in additional construction capacity for LAX.