Press Release

Airports Call for Modernization of Airport Infrastructure in FAA Reauthorization Proposal
For Immediate Release
September 24, 2018

Alexandria, VA –  American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) President and CEO Todd Hauptli and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today issued the following statement regarding legislation to reauthorize the programs of the Federal Aviation Administration:
"There's no sugar-coating the fact that the long-term FAA reauthorization bill that the House and Senate will soon consider will do nothing for airports and travelers eager to see modernization of aging airport facilities. The airport industry cannot get behind this proposal given the flat federal funding level, continued federal interference with local airport financing flexibility, and new federal mandates. In even the best case scenario, this measure keeps airports stuck in neutral for the next five years by failing to address the fact that more travelers are taking to the skies thus further crowding outdated terminals and tarmacs. Washington can best help by getting out of the way and letting airports address their needs locally, and we remain committed to convincing a future Congress to adopt the approach that puts the good of the traveling public and communities across the country first."

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ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's 6,000-plus members represent some 875 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

Adam Snider
Director of Public Affairs