SMACNA, Others, Urge Congress to Support Airport Infrastructure
In recent letters to both the House and Senate, SMACNA, as part of the Beyond the Runway Coalition, expressed strong support for provisions in the Senate Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill that would vastly improve the nation's aviation infrastructure by modernizing the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) user fee on originating flights and increasing funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) in the final FY18 omnibus bill.
With investments in federal infrastructure sluggish and passenger enplanements at record highs, the time for airport infrastructure improvement is now. Over the next five years, the nation's airports - large and small - are looking at $100 billion in infrastructure improvements according to a recent needs survey conducted by Airports Council International – North America. Half of those needs do not have an identified funding source; all airports - from regional to international - would benefit from the ability to create revenue for projects that would improve safety and security and enhance the overall passenger experience.
Investments in new infrastructure generate employment opportunities in both the planning and construction phases of projects. Modernizing and strengthening the PFC and AIP makes sense: it would help not only airports, but the surrounding communities and businesses they support, by allowing them the funding flexibility to enhance their facilities and offer more air service options to travelers.
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