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WASHINGTON WATCH
AUTHOR Kevin Burke, ACI-NA President & CEO

America's Airports are
Terminally Challenged
WITH A new Congress now underway, America's airports
have a new and real opportunity to address their significant
infrastructure needs. If one thing is certain in Washington, DC,
there is bipartisan interest in moving an infrastructure package.
Airports Council International -
North America (ACI-NA) and our
partners in advocating for infrastructure
investment in airports have wasted no
time in taking to Capitol Hill to share the
challenges airport are facing in meeting
the demands of the future. While we are
making the case on behalf of the airports,
policymakers continually tell me that
they want to hear directly from airports
across the country how modernizing
the way we fund airport infrastructure
would benefit air travelers and local
communities.
In a hearing before the House
Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee in March, executives
from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
Inter nat iona l A ir por t, Spokane
International Airport, and Tampa
International Airport made a clear and
compelling case about how America's
airports are in dire need of improvements
in order to keep up with passenger and
cargo growth.
In fact, a recent ACI-NA study found
that America's airports require more than

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
KEVIN M. BURKE

Kevin M. Burke, is President and CEO of
Airports Council International - North
America.

$128 billion - or $25.6 billion annually -
in infrastructure upgrades by 2023. This
reflects a more than 28 percent increase
since 2017, and an 80 percent increase
since 2013. More than 56 percent of
airport needs are inside aging terminals.
During her testimony, Cincinnati/
Northern Kentucky International
Airport's Chief Executive Officer and
ACI-NA Chair Candace McGraw told
Congress that America's airports are
running out of time to make investments
in their outdated and aging terminals.
And she is right as America's
airports lack the necessary funding
resources to modernize and expand
their infrastructure. The $25.6 billion
in average annual funding needs for U.S.
airports is significantly higher than the
funding available through the existing
system. Larry Krauter, Chief Executive
Officer of Spokane International Airport,
argued to members of Congress that this
status quo is not working for airports
of all sizes.
The good news is there is a solution.
We can rebuild America's airports
without raising taxes or adding to deficit
spending by modernizing the federal cap
on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC).
Created by Congress in 1990, the PFC is
a local user fee that goes directly to local
projects to repair aging facilities, improve
aviation safety and enhance the passenger
experience. This local user fee enables
airports to be able to fund new terminals,
gates and security checkpoints - just to
name a few. But, the current federal cap
on the PFC has been in place since 2000.

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Modestly adjusting the federal cap
on local PFCs would allow airports to
take control of their own investment
decisions and become more financially
self-sufficient. After all, each airport is
in the best position to determine what
its future holds in terms of competition,
traffic, and capacity. Joe Lopano, the
Chief Executive Officer of the Tampa
International Airport, echoed this when
he urged Congress update the funding
options to let the local communities
make decisions about how to best address
the individual needs of their airports.
There is no denying that America's
airports are a fundamental component of
our nation's transportation infrastructure.
In 2017, 1.7 billion passengers and 31.7
million metric tons of cargo traveled
through U.S. airports. However, the
sad reality is that our airports are falling
further behind in their effort to upgrade
their facilities and improve the overall
passenger experience.
While these airport representatives
made great progress in illustrating the
need for modernizing the way we fund
airport infrastructure before Congress,
we need your help. I challenge you to
reach out to your members of Congress
about the needs of your airport in order
to meet the demands of future with safe
and efficient facilities.
The time to act is now. 



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport Business

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
Parking, Profitability & Pinatas
Security by Design - New Security Technology and the Future of Airport Security Checkpoint Design
Washington Watch
A Vision for the Next Generation of Passenger Needs
Digital Signage Provides New Opportunities for Airport Retail
Totally Boggus
Executive Search Part 1: An Education on a Widely Used but Misinterpreted Topic
Know Your Needs for ARFF Equipment
American Aero's Journey to IS-BAH Stage III
Product Profile
Grounded in Safety...or Safety, Grounded?
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Airport Business - Inside the Fence
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Airport Business - Industry Update
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Airport Business - Parking, Profitability & Pinatas
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Airport Business - Security by Design - New Security Technology and the Future of Airport Security Checkpoint Design
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Airport Business - Washington Watch
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Airport Business - A Vision for the Next Generation of Passenger Needs
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Airport Business - Digital Signage Provides New Opportunities for Airport Retail
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Airport Business - Totally Boggus
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Airport Business - Executive Search Part 1: An Education on a Widely Used but Misinterpreted Topic
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Airport Business - Know Your Needs for ARFF Equipment
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Airport Business - American Aero's Journey to IS-BAH Stage III
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