controls here at the end of the day.
No one is doing anything willy-nilly. We have gotten away from the
original intent and purpose of the
PFCs, and I’m hearing now they’re
even starting to call it a federal
action when it’s approved and
thereby trying to make it federal
dollars when it’s not. It was a local
fee when it was created, and it’s
defined in the legislation as a local
fee. It’s a user fee. It’s not a tax.
It’s not federal money whatsoever,
and it’s determined by the local
community in cooperation with the
FAA and our partners, the airlines,
how to use it.
SAENZ: I think I agree with
the comments of my colleagues.
(The PFC) is going to help the
airports at the end of the day to
accommodate capacity. In Houston,
we’re continuously growing, and
we have to make certain that we
continue grow our facilities from
an infrastructure standpoint, from
the availability to be able to provide
the service elements and amenities
in our facilities so that we can
get things done in our facilities.
Without that, we’re going to be
prohibited from being able to move
at that speed, whether it’s because
it’s being controlled in a regulatory
standpoint or it’s being belabored
and held long because people want
to review it longer. All of that, at
the end of the day, is impacting the
customer. We’re trying to provide
the facilities where people can
come in and get to where they need
to get to as quickly as possible in
NEWMAN: Dr. Van Beek, you get a
chance to see this from the national
perspective, getting around to all of
our airports and many more. What
is sort of the sentiment out in the
airport community as whole?