It’s time to modernize America’s air travel infrastructure and expand air service.
In the next decade, air travel could grow to 927 million passengers, which could add $224 billion in annual U.S. travel spending and support 750,000 new American jobs. However, America’s crumbling aviation infrastructure and limited air service options threaten this future growth.
Investment in basic airport infrastructure has simply not kept up with demand for air travel, nor does it currently compare with our international competitors’ investment in their countries’ airports. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave American airport infrastructure a D rating in 2013. Additionally, America's aviation infrastructure ranks 9th in the world with 1 in 5 flights cancelled or delayed and 75 percent of routes are domintated by one airline having more than 50 percent of the market share.
A modern air system can best be achieved by pro-connectivity, pro-growth and pro-traveler policy. This begins with fundamentally shifting the system’s financing to a user fee-based model—adjusting the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) cap and reducing airline ticket taxes—an approach that will increase local control over infrastructure improvements, help increase air service and enhance the air passenger experience.