ACPA and 21 other organizations of the Beyond the Runway Coalition* last week sent a letter to Congress requesting immediate federal assistance in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. The coalition noted the pandemic is leading individuals, businesses, and governments to cut budgets, reduce expenses, and defer capital projects.
The letter emphasized that airports “have been acutely impacted by the economic shutdown, as operational costs increase and important infrastructure projects are put on hold. As public institutions, airports are seen as economic drivers in their communities and are doing their part to remain critical lifelines in responding to this crisis. To assist in this time of national emergency, the coalition recommends “an immediate infusion of capital into the airports to address their most pressing needs, such as airport operations, airport infrastructure maintenance, cleaning activities, and bond payments.”
The letter was sent Friday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. Click here to download the letter.
* The Airport Council International’s Beyond the Runway Coalition is comprised of a wide range of aviation industry stakeholders seeking to ensure that airports remain strong economic engines and job centers in their local communities. The 77 member organizations are aligned in support of modernizing airport infrastructure financing to ensure airports in the United States have the resources they need to remain competitive, thriving hubs of economic opportunity.
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