Overdue increases to US transportation funding critical to support aging aviation infrastructure

Posted in: Air Service, Aviation

Action to address America’s aging aviation infrastructure is long overdue. According to a recent infrastructure needs survey conducted by Airports Council International – North America, airports of all sizes are facing $100 billion in needed infrastructure improvements over the next five years. Recognizing this vital need for our nation’s airports, Mead & Hunt actively supports ACI’s Beyond the Runway Coalition. In fact we have signed the Letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Why? The Beyond the Runway Coalition advocates for inclusion of an adjustment to the Passenger Facility Charge cap and an increase to the Airport Improvement Program in the next Transportation Appropriations Bill. Congress last adjusted the PFC cap to $4.50 in 2000. Now 17 years of inflation and rising construction costs have reduced the PFC purchasing power by more than 50 percent.

When lawmakers return to Washington D.C. in early September, they face a very full agenda along with a very tight schedule. There are many competing priorities for lawmakers’ attention. However, we need them to see the critical importance of extending Federal Aviation Administration programs and taxes before the current appropriation expires on September 30th.

Mead & Hunt will continue to work with and support our partners and their legislative teams at organizations such as ACI-NA, American Association of Airport Executives, and Airport Consultants Council on these important issues impacting our nation’s aviation system.

I would encourage you to support this effort. The coalition website has helpful resources to assist you in contacting your legislator or sharing your opinion on social media. Join us in this important effort.

Mark Breukink, PE

About the Author

Mark Breukink, P.E., is a Business Unit Leader for Mead & Hunt’s Aviation Services managing the aviation planning, engineering design, environmental, and project management services in the eastern U.S.  Mark is active with Airports Council International – North America and is a member of their Operations & Technical Affairs Committee. Outside of work, Mark is an avid sports fan cheering on his alma mater Michigan State University.

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