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

Record Number of Thanksgiving Travelers Will Strain Air Travel Infrastructure

November 16, 2018

America’s airport infrastructure will be put to the ultimate test this Thanksgiving, as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it is expecting a record number of travelers. 

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Friday Check-In | October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, you’ll learn about travel-related provisions in the newly passed FAA bill, developments toward the renewal of Brand USA, and the latest insights from our Travel Trends Index.

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FAA Reauthorization Bill is a Positive First Step Toward a Larger Goal

October 03, 2018

On Wednesday, Congress concluded a two-year-long debate on aviation issues as the Senate joined the House in passing a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. 

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