What Do You Wish Congress Better Understood About Airports?

I just finished reading the September issue of Airport Revenue News (great publication by the way). They have interviews with a number of really, really smart airport directors.

Two comments really jumped out at me, both in response to the same question:  “What do you wish Congress better understood about airports?”

Here’s Patrick Graham‘s (Savannah) response:  “Airports have to construct facilities long before they are needed and when they use AIP/PFC funds, the airlines don’t pay for those facilities in rates and charges. So the airlines and Congress should be in favor of higher AIP and PFC levels.”

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Here’s Steve Grossman (Jacksonville):  “I wish Congress understood we are on the same side. Airports have the community’s best interest at heart. We’re trying to build things for our customers and for the community. Sometimes I think Congress looks at us as just another special interest out for their own good. Our good is the community’s good.”

Patrick and Steve make a lot of sense. Some in Congress do understand, but many do not. What Patrick and Steve say are basic truths – no spin, no B.S.

As we look toward the election and beyond, we will be re-assessing our approach on these issues, and our basic message. We can do worse than to begin with very simple thoughts from two of the smartest people in the business.

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One thought on “What Do You Wish Congress Better Understood About Airports?

  1. I think it disturbing that not one U.S. airport is ranked by passengers as one of the top 10 aiports in the world. Neither is there one airport in the top 10 most improved, nor in the top 10 low-cost.


    While our partnership with the airlines is important, their interests should not dominate our ability to provide a quality passenger experience and remain competitive in the international marketplace.

    This quality of experience on the ground is the responsiblity of airports to deliver and deserves the support of Congress in providing the necessary financial tools to make this possible.

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