“Airports are eager to invest in the
facilities necessary to accommodate
the hundreds of millions of
additional passengers FAA expects
over the next two decades,” AAAE
President and CEO Todd Hauptli
said. “We need to build and upgrade
runways, terminals and other
facilities, but the options available
to airports for doing so are limited
by federal budget constraints and
an antiquated federal cap on PFCs.
It’s past time for Congress to let
airports help themselves and their
communities by modernizing the
PFC user fee to meet the challenges
highlighted by FAA’s forecast.”
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AAAE and other airport
groups are calling for Congress to
modernize the PFC, which was last
adjusted by Congress in 2000, to
$8.50 with periodic adjustments
for inflation. The $8.50 level
would compensate for the loss of
purchasing power that airports have
experienced as a result of increased
Hauptli added that, in addition
to infrastructure development,
international gateway airports need
additional staffing resources from
Customs and Border Protection
(CBP) to facilitate the arrival of
international passengers and U.S.
citizens returning from abroad.
“Increased wait times at U.S.
gateway airports caused by a lack of
available CBP staffing is a serious
issue that will continue to have
a significant economic impact
given the importance of travel and
tourism revenue,” Hauptli stated.
“Some progress has been made
thanks to good collaborative efforts
between airports and CBP, but we
have more work in front of us as
international travel increases at a
rapid pace.” A