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AAAE Statement on the 20 Year Anniversary of the Terrorist Attacks of 9/11/01 

For Immediate Release
September 10, 2021

Alexandria, VA – The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the largest professional organization representing individuals who work at and manage the nation’s public-use commercial and general aviation airports, issued the following statement today regarding the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001: 
“Despite the passage of two decades, the memories of 9/11 and the tragic losses of that day remain fresh in our minds and heavy on our hearts,” AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli said. “In the face of unthinkable grief and uncertainty for our country and the aviation system it depends on, we united, resolved to honor those lost and to protect future generations from harm. The progress we have made in 20 years to enhance aviation security is remarkable, and a testament to the commitment, dedication, and resiliency of airport professionals and our industry and government partners. We will never forget those lost nor lessen our resolve to honor their memory.”

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ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization representing the individuals who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's 9,000 members represent some 875 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.

Joel D. Bacon
Executive Vice President, Government and Public Affairs