Published on : Friday, February 10, 2017
Airport directors representing Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the industry trade association for commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today participated in a meeting with President Donald J. Trump,
senior White House officials, and Airlines for America at the White House. During the meeting, airports and airlines discussed opportunities to improve the passenger experience, modernize airport infrastructure, and create jobs in local communities across the United States.
ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke joined ACI-NA members participating in the meeting, including William R. Vanecek, Director of Aviation, Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Chair of ACI-NA; Ginger S. Evans, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation; Deborah Flint, CEO, Los Angeles World Airports; Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Joseph W. Lopano, CEO, Tampa International Airport; John E. Potter, President and CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; Robert R. Wigington, President and CEO, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority.
“We greatly appreciate the President’s persistent, vocal support for building airport infrastructure as a key component of improving the passenger experience, rebuilding our nation, growing our economy, and creating jobs,” said Burke. “We had a very productive conversation today that focused on our commitment to improving the passenger experience at airports across the United States.”
“During the meeting, the President stated four times that America must modernize and rebuild our airports,” said Burke. “We can quickly fund and undertake these much needed infrastructure projects with no federal budget impact by giving airports more control of local investment decisions. We estimate that 2.1 million jobs could be created while enhancing the passenger experience simply by removing federal limits on the local user fee known as the Passenger Facility Charge.”