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March 13, 2017

ACI-NA calls for urgent action to upgrade US airport infrastructure

Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) has called for immediate action to enhance airport infrastructure across the US.

By Lopamudra Roy

Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) has called for immediate action to enhance airport infrastructure across the US.

This immediate call for airport infrastructure upgrade follows after the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released a D rating for the state of America’s aviation infrastructure.

ACI-NA president and CEO Kevin M. Burke said: “With nearly $100bn in infrastructure needs over the next five years, America’s airports are at risk of losing their position as leaders in the global aviation system.

“As today’s report card by the ASCE demonstrates, we must act quickly to get Washington out of the way and eliminate the outdated federal restrictions that hold America’s airports back.”

“Airports are ready to work with Congress and the Trump Administration to address these significant infrastructure needs in the most cost-effective and sustainable way possible."

Over the last two years, airport infrastructure needs across the US are said to have grown by 32%, while the ASCE rating for the airports has dropped.

Burke added: “Airports are ready to work with Congress and the Trump Administration to address these significant infrastructure needs in the most cost-effective and sustainable way possible.

“Congress can help ensure the self-sufficiency of America’s airports in meeting their own infrastructure needs without increasing federal spending by eliminating the outdated federal cap on the local user fee known as the passenger facility charge (PFC).

“To encourage additional investment, Congress should also fully fund the airport improvement programme (AIP).”

The ASCE Infrastructure Report Card was released after ACI-NA published the report, titled ‘Airport Infrastructure Needs: 2017 – 2021’.

ACI-NA has estimated that US airports have a collective funding requirement of $99.9bn over the next five years, or approximately $20bn every year, in order to carry out infrastructure modernisation projects.

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