Early in 2019, there was hope that Congress and the Trump Administration could overcome partisan divides and approve a major legislative package to boost investment in the nation’s infrastructure. For airports, the key to fueling additional infrastructure investment lies in a long-overdue adjustment to the federal cap on local passenger facility charges (PFCs), which would empower airports to meet their own, unique critical local needs without additional help from the federal government. Additional information on the PFC and the need for an adjustment to the federal cap on these critical local fees can be viewed here
Despite encouraging developments and a reported agreement in concept to a $2 trillion infrastructure package achieved at an initial meeting between President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders earlier in the year, negotiations between the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats have largely fallen apart due to disagreements over how to pay for the package and underlying partisan tensions.
AAAE continues to urge Congress to pursue an infrastructure package, an updated PFC program, and other changes that could help airports finance much-needed upgrades to better accommodate anticipated passenger growth, improve the customer experience for air travelers, and enhance competition at the nation’s airports.