Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) voiced thanks after President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address to Congress included a call for ongoing federal support for the U.S. aviation industry.

“We appreciate President Biden’s continued support for modernizing America’s airport infrastructure,” said Kevin Burke, ACI-NA president and CEO. “We are at the start of what will be a long post-pandemic recovery. Investing in infrastructure, including providing support for the $115 billion backlog of planned airport projects, will play a key role in rebuilding our economy and ensuring we are prepared for future innovations and challenges.”

Burke noted that since the start of the pandemic, the airport industry has worked hand-in-hand with government officials at every level to ensure the safety of our passengers and employees.

“We look forward to this continued partnership as we work to restore confidence in travel and make the necessary improvements to modernize our airport facilities for the future of travel,” he added.