Urging Congress to Invest in Critical Airport Improvements

Joining with 51 other manufacturing and airport industry stakeholders, NSSGA sent a letter to Capitol Hill yesterday urging Congress to improve aviation infrastructure across the country by modernizing the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) and increasing funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) in the expected 2018 omnibus bill. Both of these key wins for airport infrastructure improvements were included in the Fiscal Year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act that was unanimously approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee in July.

“Now is the time to invest in infrastructure,” said Laura O’Neill-Kaumo, NSSGA senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs. “According to Airports Council International-North America, airports of all sizes need at least $100 billion in infrastructure improvements over the next five years. Modernizing the PFC and bolstering AIP now would allow airports to better serve the public and local communities and businesses. Whether its airports, roads or ports, funding for our nation’s infrastructure must be a priority.”

NSSGA applauds the committee’s attention to the needs of our country’s infrastructure, and for finding ways new investments can be leveraged to improve communities across the country. Relying heavily on aviation infrastructure to support economic growth, these investments provide employment opportunities and establish better transportation connections to customers here and abroad.