America’s crumbling aviation infrastructure and limited air service options threaten future growth.

Quick Facts

America’s airports are key to commerce, jobs and continued economic growth. Unfortunately, they’re falling behind the rest of the world. U.S. investment in basic airport infrastructure has not kept up with demand for travel, and it falls far behind our international competitors’ investment in their countries’ airports. 

Recommendations

Strengthen Federal Investment and Encourage Innovative Partnerships

Improving U.S. airport infrastructure begins by shifting the system’s financing to an optional user fee-based model—and giving local airport authorities more control over funding infrastructure updates. Adjusting the PFC cap will increase local control over infrastructure improvements, opening up gates for more flights and enhancing the air passenger experience.

Embrace New and Transformative Transportation Technologies

Congress should ensure that any new and expanded investments in transportation infrastructure award a portion of discretionary funds to support developments of new and innovative modes of transportation and infrastructure.

Research, News and Commentary on Airport Modernization

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Biometrics at Work: Imposter Intercepted at Washington Dulles International Airport

August 23, 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations intercepted an imposter at Washington Dulles International Airport using facial comparison biometrics—just three days after the airport implemented the state-of-the-art technology. 

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Friday Check-In | July 27, 2018

July 27, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll provide updates from U.S. Travel’s summer Board of Director’s Meeting, discuss some recent policy activities in Congress and tell you what’s in store at our upcoming ESTO in Phoenix.

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Two Bills Take Flight That Will Impact TSA

July 25, 2018

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is one of the most crucial lines of defense in maintaining the safety of air travel in the U.S. U.S. Travel has been working with Congress on a number of measures that will have an impact on the future of the TSA and its ability to operate and grow.

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Friday Check-In | June 29, 2018

June 29, 2018

This week's Friday Check-In provides an update on international travel and trade, security at airports, upcoming member tools, and more. 

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Biometric Entry-Exit System Unveiled at Orlando International Airport

June 25, 2018

Biometric entry and exit screening in the U.S.—the development of which was tasked to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by the Department of Homeland Security in 2013—is making strides toward becoming a system-wide reality.

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Washington Addresses Key Travel-Related Issues

April 27, 2018

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case concerning the president's 2017 executive order banning travel to the U.S. by certain countries. The court’s ruling is expected within two months.

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