Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) this week came out in support of President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan, which would provide $25 billion in funding to support America’s airport infrastructure.
The support for airports is included in the $2 trillion White House proposal that also includes money for roads and bridges, technological infrastructure for increasing broadband access and investments to address climate change.
“We are encouraged the president and his administration are following through on his campaign pledge to improve infrastructure funding for airports,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “We are encouraged the president and his administration are following through on his campaign pledge to improve infrastructure funding for airports. This plan would help the industry continue to focus on safe and efficient air travel by supporting terminal renovations and multimodal connections that would provide affordable access for passengers and workers.”
ACI-NA noted the COVD-19 pandemic decimated airport finances around the country as passenger traffic dropped dramatically.
“On top of that, airport infrastructure has long been underfunded, creating a backlog of $115 billion worth of necessary projects,” Burke said. “As we taxi towards brighter days ahead America’s airports are ready to take off. These much-needed funds will help U.S. airports build back and create jobs that will support a vibrant 21st century economy.”