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AAAE Calls Bipartisan Infrastructure Package a Win for Airports and All Americans

For Immediate Release
November 5, 2021

Alexandria, VA – The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) issued the following statement following House passage tonight of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:  

“As millions of Americans prepare to ‘pack their patience’ and gear-up for Holiday travel, they can add-in a large helping of gratitude as Congress has FINALLY passed a long-overdue and very much needed infrastructure bill, ensuring billions of dollars of airport projects can move forward without undue delay,” AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli said.  “These projects will benefit travelers, workers and communities across the country. Nothing is easy in Washington these days, but concrete knows no political affiliation. This is a win for all Americans.”

The bipartisan infrastructure package was approved by the Senate in August and now moves to the President for his signature into law.  Among other investments, the measure provides $15 billion for infrastructure grants to commercial service, general aviation, and contract tower airports over five years along with $5 billion for a new airport terminal program and $5 billion for FAA facilities and equipment. 

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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