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Airport Alert: International Travel to Resume on November 8th

Posted on 10/15/2021
The White House announced that it is lifting the 212f travel restrictions and permitting fully vaccinated non-U.S. citizens to resume traveling to the United States on November 8, 2021.

Hearing Report: Lawmakers Question Aviation Stakeholders on Addressing Unruly Passengers

Posted on 9/23/2021
The House Aviation Subcommittee held a hearing to discuss the increase in incidents involving disruptive and unruly airline passengers, the effect on passenger and crew safety and the enforcement of laws prohibiting such behavior.

Hearing Report: Lawmakers Discuss Ways Congress Can Promote Travel and Tourism

Posted on 9/21/2021
The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion held a hearing to discuss draft bipartisan legislation, the Omnibus Travel and Tourism Act of 2021, which is intended to support the recovery of the travel and tourism economy..

Regulatory Alert: FAA Reschedules Working Session for Airports on Unruly Passengers

Posted on 9/21/2021
FAA directed an invitation to all Part 139 airports to participate in a rescheduled virtual discussion on ways to respond to an increasing number of unruly passenger incidents that have occurred this year.

Airport Alert: White House to Lift International Travel Restrictions

Posted on 9/20/2021
This morning, White House COVID-19 Coordinator, Jeffrey Zients, announced that the United States will reopen its borders to international travelers, as long as they are fully vaccinated, in early November.

Airport Alert: Additional Guidance on Vaccination Requirements for Federal Employees and Contractors

Posted on 9/16/2021
President Biden issued two Executive Orders that require federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated. The federal employee EO states that “it is necessary to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all Federal employees, subject to such exceptions..

Security Policy Alert: TSA to Increase Civil Penalties for Transportation Related Federal Face Mask

Posted on 9/9/2021
TSA will increase the range of civil penalties that may be charged against individuals who violate the federal mask mandate at airports, on commercial aircraft and in various modes of surface transportation, including passenger railroads, intercity b

Security Policy Alert: AAAE TSS Committee Call Reminder and Policy Updates

Posted on 9/7/2021
This alert provides a reminder for the AAAE Transportation Security Services (TSS) Monthly Committee Call on September 8, 2021 as well as timely policy updates.

Airport Alert: Face Mask Requirement Extended Until January 18, 2022

Posted on 8/20/2021
TSA extended the Security Directive (SD) requiring masks in airports and on transportation conveyances through January 18, 2022.

Airport Alert: President Biden Announces Vaccination Requirements for Federal Employees

Posted on 7/29/2021
President Biden announced several measures to increase vaccination rates among Americans and slow the spread of the coronavirus during a press conference.

Regulatory Alert: FAA to Host Live Q&A Webinar on ARPA Concessions Rent Relief Grants

Posted on 7/19/2021
FAA will be hosting a webinar event on Thursday, July 22, at 2 p.m. ET to answer questions on Concessions Rent Relief Grants that have been made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Airport Alert: AAAE Pushes for Safe Reopening of International Travel by July 15

Posted on 7/7/2021
AAAE joined 23 other aviation, travel, and tourism associations and the Chamber of Commerce in releasing a policy framework with recommendations on how to relax travel restrictions and safely reopen international travel.

Regulatory Alert: DOT Announces $845 Million in AIP Grants for 338 Airports

Posted on 7/1/2021
DOT announced the award of $845 million in airport grants as part of the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

Regulatory Alert: FAA Announces $8 Billion in Airport Rescue Grants

Posted on 6/22/2021
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced grant awards for the $8 billion in Airport Rescue Grants that the agency is making available to airports and eligible concessionaires...

Airport Alert: Senate Committee Rejects Proposal to Repeal Federal Mask Mandate in Transportation

Posted on 6/16/2021
The Senate Commerce Committee approved its sections of a surface transportation authorization bill, and during consideration of the measure rejected an amendment that called for repealing the federal mask mandate in transportation hubs.

Regulatory Alert: FAA Releases FAQ Guidance for Airport Rescue Grants

Posted on 6/11/2021
The Federal Aviation Administration released a frequently asked questions document that provides guidance for airport sponsors on how FAA will administer the $8 billion in Airport Rescue Grants.

Security Policy Alert: TSA Issues Updated FAQ on Face Mask SD

Posted on 6/11/2021
As anticipated, TSA has issued an updated Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the Security Directives implementing face mask requirements in and on airports and on aircraft.

Airport Alert: CDC Issues Revised Face Mask Requirements for Outdoor Spaces at Airports

Posted on 6/10/2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it will be amending its face mask Order so that people are not required to wear a mask while outdoors...

Hearing Report: Las Vegas Airport Testifies on Ways to Revive International Travel and Tourism

Posted on 5/18/2021
The Senate Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade and Export Promotion held a hearing on reviving international travel and tourism to create and restore jobs.

Airport Alert: TSA and DOT Issue Joint Statement on Continued Mask Mandate for Transportation

Posted on 5/14/2021
CDC, TSA and DOT issued a joint statement to clarify that mask requirements remain in place for airports, air carriers, and surface transportation.

Regulatory Alert: DOT Announces $898.9 Million in AIP Grants for 447 Airports

Posted on 5/13/2021
DOT announced the award of $898.9 million in airport infrastructure and safety grants as part of the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

Airport Alert: Senate Committee Advances COVID-Related and Advanced Air Mobility Legislation

Posted on 5/12/2021
The Senate Commerce Committee met to consider several bills today including two COVID-related bills and one AAM bill. All three bills were favorably reported out of Committee by voice vote and will now advance to the full Senate for...

Airport Alert: Travel Restrictions for Republic of India and and Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted on 5/1/2021
The U.S. government has implemented or modified travel restrictions for the Republic of India and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Regulatory Alert: FAA Reminds Airports of Deadline to Apply for CRRSAA Grants

Posted on 4/30/2021
FAA is reminding airport sponsors that June 30 is the deadline to apply for their share of the $2 billion in grants that have been awarded and made available for airports and eligible concessionaires through the CRRSAA.

Airport Alert: Face Masks Required in Airports Through September 13, 2021

Posted on 4/30/2021
TSA informed AAAE that they will be extending the requirement for individuals to wear face masks in airports as outlined by SD 1542-21-01A until Sept. 13, 2021, at the direction of the White House COVID-19 Task Force.

Airport Alert: CDC Updates Travel Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People to a Low-Risk Activity

Posted on 4/2/2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated.

Airport Alert: House Transportation Committee Approves Early Incentive Bill

Posted on 3/24/2021
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved by voice vote a bill that would allow airports to use Airport Improvement Program funds for early incentive payments.

Regulatory Alert: FAA Announces New Airport Rescue Grant Program

Posted on 3/19/2021
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the establishment of “Airport Rescue Grants” to distribute the $8 billion in funds that Congress approved as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Regulatory Alert: DOT Announces a “Mask Up” Educational Campaign

Posted on 3/19/2021
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) launched a campaign called “Mask Up” that is intended to ensure the safety of transportation workers by educating travelers on their obligation to wear a mask when traveling.

Hearing Report: Homeland Security Committee Advances Legislation To Protect TSA Workforce and Travel

Posted on 3/18/2021
The House Homeland Security Committee met this morning to consider seven bipartisan homeland security measures that were approved without amendment.

USCTA Alert: House Passes Coronavirus Relief Bill; Measure Includes $8 Billion for Airports

Posted on 3/10/2021
The House of Representatives today approved the revised American Rescue Plan – a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that retains $8 billion for airports and concessionaires.

Airport Alert: House Passes Coronavirus Relief Bill; Measure Includes $8 Billion for Airports

Posted on 3/10/2021
The House of Representatives has approved the revised American Rescue Plan – a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that retains $8 billion for airports and concessionaires.

USCTA Alert: Senate Clears $1.9 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package; $8 Billion for Airports Remains

Posted on 3/6/2021
After working through the night, the Senate just passed the American Rescue Plan – a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that retains $8 billion for airports including those that participate in the FAA Contract Tower Program.

Airport Alert: Senate Clears $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package; $8 Billion for Airports Remains

Posted on 3/6/2021
After working through the night, the Senate passed the American Rescue Plan – a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that retains $8 billion for airports and concessionaires.

USCTA Action Alert: Lawmakers File More Amendments to Reduce or Eliminate Airport Funding

Posted on 3/5/2021
Lawmakers are continuing to file more amendments to reduce or eliminate funding for airports including those that participate in the FAA Contract Tower Program as the Senate continues to consider the American Rescue Plan - a $1.9 trillion coronavirus

Action Alert: Lawmakers File More Amendments to Reduce or Eliminate Airport Funding

Posted on 3/5/2021
Lawmakers are continuing to file more amendments to reduce or eliminate funding for airports and airline workers as the Senate continues to consider the American Rescue Plan – a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

USCTA Action Alert: Lawmaker Files Amendment to Slash Airport Funding

Posted on 3/5/2021
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) has filed an amendment to slash funding in the American Rescue Plan for airports and concessionaires from $8 billion to $2.64 billion – a 67 percent cut.

Action Alert: Lawmaker Files Amendment to Slash Airport Funding

Posted on 3/5/2021
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) has filed an amendment to slash funding for airports and concessionaires in the American Rescue Plan from $8 billion to $2.64 billion – a 67 percent cut.

Hearing Report: AAAE Federal Affairs Chair Lance Lyttle Calls for Additional COVID Relief Funding

Posted on 3/2/2021
Lance Lyttle, the Managing Director of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Chair of AAAE’s Federal Affairs Committee, today urged lawmakers to provide additional funds to airports impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Airport Alert: House Expected to Clear Relief Package That Includes $8 Billion for 'Airport Relief'

Posted on 2/26/2021
The House is expected to clear the American Rescue Plan – a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that includes $8 billion to help airports and concessionaires impacted by the pandemic.

Airport Alert: Senate Commerce Committee Finalizes Subcommittee Assignments

Posted on 2/26/2021
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which plays a critical role overseeing aviation and transportation security policy and numerous other high-profile issues, yesterday approved subcommittee assignments, including...

Regulatory Alert: FAA to Restore Normal Operating Hours at ATC Facilities

Posted on 2/22/2021
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) informed AAAE that the agency is moving all of its air traffic control (ATC) facilities back to normal operating hours by March 28, or even sooner in some cases.

USCTA Alert: FAA Announces Coronavirus Relief Grants for Airports

Posted on 2/12/2021
FAA has released a list of grant awards for the $2 billion in airport funding that Congress approved in December as part of a $900 billion coronavirus relief package.

Airport Alert: FAA Announces Grant Awards and Additional Guidance for Airport Coronavirus Response

Posted on 2/12/2021
FAA announced grant awards for the $2 billion that the agency is making available under the Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program (ACRGP)...

Airport Alert: Harvard Issues “Curb to Curb” Report on Airport’s Efforts to Mitigate COVID-19

Posted on 2/11/2021
Harvard’s Aviation Public Health Initiative (APHI) issued a comprehensive report on the risk of coronavirus transmission in airports, after completing a “curb-to-curb” study...

Airport Alert: House Committee Approves $8 Billion for “Airport Relief”

Posted on 2/10/2021
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved a coronavirus relief package that contains $8 billion for airports and concessionaires.

Airport Alert: AAAE Stresses Airport Funding Needs and Pandemic Challenges in Discussion with DOT

Posted on 2/10/2021
AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli joined other aviation industry leaders and FAA Administrator Steve Dickson in a virtual listening session with DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Airport Alert: Legislation Introduced in Senate and House to Better Protect Transportation Employees

Posted on 2/9/2021
Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced the Essential Transportation Employee Safety Act of 2021.

Action Alert: House Transportation Relief Package to Include $8 Billion for “Airport Relief”

Posted on 2/8/2021
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will soon unveil their part of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, including $8 billion for airports and concessionaires.

Hearing Report: Lawmakers Raise Aviation Issues at COVID-19 Hearing

Posted on 2/4/2021
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members raised concerns about a new federal mask mandate at airports and a separate proposal that could require passengers to have a negative COVID-19 test before traveling domestically.

Airport Alert: Democratic Congressional Leaders Release Blueprint for $1.9 Trillion in COVID Relief

Posted on 2/1/2021
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced they have filed a joint budget framework to enact the $1.9 trillion in relief sought by President Biden in his comprehensive American Rescue Plan.

Airport Alert: CDC Issues Nationwide Mask Mandate for Travelers on All Public Conveyances

Posted on 1/30/2021
The CDC issued an order that requires travelers to wear masks while using any form of public conveyance, such as on airlines, subways, buses or ferries, and in airports nationwide.

Airport Alert: AAAE Joins Industry in Raising Concerns about Domestic Pre-Departure Testing

Posted on 1/29/2021
AAAE joined others within the aviation, travel, and tourism industries to send a letter to the White House COVID-19 Recovery Team Coordinator that raised concerns about the possibility of a pre-departure testing requirement for domestic air travel.

Airport Alert: Nomination of Ali Mayorkas for DHS Secretary Advances for Full Senate Consideration

Posted on 1/26/2021
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee met to consider the nomination of Alejandro (Ali) Mayorkas for the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Airport Alert: Revised COVID Testing Requirements for International Arrivals and Continued Travel Re

Posted on 1/26/2021
The CDC has revised its order that required proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the U.S. from a foreign country.

Action Alert: Airport Input Needed to Make Case for Additional Coronavirus Relief

Posted on 1/25/2021
AAAE members are asked to continue to engage with congressional delegations to highlight the situation at their airports and ongoing needs.

Airport Alert: President Biden Issues Executive Orders on Face Masks in Airports, COVID-19 Testing

Posted on 1/21/2021
President Biden issued an executive order that directs his administration to mandate the use of face masks in airports and on commercial aircraft and require a negative COVID-19 test result...

Airport Alert: President-elect Biden Outlines Day One Executive Actions

Posted on 1/20/2021
In a document released early this morning, the incoming Biden Administration outlined a series of executive actions that the new President plans to take today...

Airport Alert: President-Elect Biden to Unveil Coronavirus Rescue Package

Posted on 1/14/2021
President-elect Joe Biden is planning to unveil a $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package that calls for a “national vaccination program” and proposes to provide relief to working families hit hard by the pandemic.

Airport Alert: AAAE, ACI-NA Ask Congress, Biden Administration for Additional COVID-19 Relief

Posted on 1/13/2021
In a letter today to House and Senate leaders and the Biden transition team, AAAE and ACI-NA requested an additional $17 billion in funding for commercial service airports, along with further support for general aviation airports, concessionaires...

Airport Alert: Negative COVID Test Required to Fly Into the United States From All International

Posted on 1/12/2021
Effective January 26, 2021, all international air passengers (ages 2 and above) will be required to obtain a negative COVID test result within three days before their flight to the United States departs and provide written documentation...

Airport Alert: FAA Releases Guidance on Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program

Posted on 1/19/2021
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that provides some guidance for airport sponsors on how FAA will distribute $2 billion under the “Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program” (ACRGP)...

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