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

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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U.S. Travel Association Statement on FAA Reauthorization Bill

April 27, 2018

U.S. Travel Association Senior Vice President for Government Relations Tori Barnes issued the following statement on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill.

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Travel Industry Welcomes Open Skies with Brazil

April 02, 2018

The U.S. travel community excitedly welcomes a new Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and Brazil, which will very likely increase travel to our country from one of the world’s top global travel markets.

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Can Our Airports Handle Record Numbers of Travelers?

March 19, 2018

A record number of U.S. passengers will take a flight this spring. That could be great news for America’s economy—if only our airports could accommodate that increase.

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Aviation Agreements Benefitting America's Travel Industry Upheld

February 02, 2018

In President Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this week, he suggested several opportunities for the travel industry to partner with his administration on shared priorities. 

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Fixing Our Airports, Growing International Travel Are Crucial to Trump’s SOTU Priorities

January 31, 2018

The travel industry welcomes the president’s attention on the crucial topics of infrastructure, trade and national security—and knows exactly how to help him achieve his goals in these areas. 

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