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Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) this week expressed support for the bipartisan infrastructure deal reached by the U.S. Senate that includes $25 billion for American airports and air traffic control towers.

The proposed deal, which awaits a formal vote in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, includes $20 billion allocated for U.S. airports to assist the industry as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to invest in measures to limit the spread of the virus.

“Airports across the U.S. support this bipartisan infrastructure agreement because it makes a much-needed down payment to upgrade aging facilities,” said Kevin Burke, ACI-NA president and CEO. “Chronically underfunded, airports have struggled to make necessary terminal, runway and access improvements to keep pace with the increasing number of passengers and cargo. These investments are more crucial than ever as the industry recovers from steep losses resulting the COVID-19 pandemic and makes continued investments to keep travelers and workers healthy and safe.”