Press Release

AAAE Statement on FAA Reauthorization

For Immediate Release
July 19, 2017

Alexandria, VA – The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) issued the following statement today regarding possible congressional consideration of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation:

“With the various controversies surrounding what is in (and what is not in) pending House and Senate FAA reauthorization bills and with the clock quickly winding down, we appear to be headed for yet another extension. AAAE will continue to work across the aisle and across the Capitol to ensure that airports are given the tools they need to meet the safety, security, capacity and competition imperatives in their local communities and to ensure safe and reliable air service options. We believe that involves a long overdue adjustment to the local Passenger Facility Charge program, increased funding for the Airport Improvement Program, a meaningful seat at the table as part of any entity that will oversee air traffic control operations, protection for the long-term viability of the Contract Tower Program, and progress to address the pilot shortage. It is our hope that Congress and the Administration in the months ahead will find a way to provide more clarity – and progress on meeting promised infrastructure investments – than has been yielded to date in 2017.”

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ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's 5,500-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

Adam Snider
Director of Public Affairs