Дата: 01-03-19 13:34
ACI-NA WARNS THAT US AIRPORTS ARE "TERMINALLY CHALLENGED" WITH INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS
A new ACI-NA report detailing the significant infrastructure needs of America’s airports reveals that the country's gateways are facing more than USD 128 billion in new infrastructure needs across the system and a debt burden of USD 91.6 billion from past projects.
It's response to the figures is to issue a rallying call, claiming that it is time to find the means to rebuild the US's aviation infrastructure and improve the passenger experience for millions of travellers.
“The results are in and it is painfully clear that airports are terminally challenged,” states ACI-NA president and CEO, Kevin Burke.
The study, Terminally Challenged: Addressing the Infrastructure Funding Shortfall of America’s Airports, estimates airport infrastructure needs over the next five years total USD 128.1 billion, or USD 25.6 billion annualised, to accommodate increasing passenger and cargo traffic, rehabilitate existing facilities, and support aircraft innovation.
“Airports need additional resources to build the terminals, gates, and ramps necessary to attract new air carriers and allow existing ones to expand service," says Burke.
According to ACI-NA, America’s airports lack the necessary resources to modernise and expand outdated infrastructure, which is essential to ensure a safe, efficient, and competitive aviation system.
In terms of solutions, ACI-NA claims that modernising the federal cap on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) would provide airports with the self-help they need to finance vital infrastructure projects.
“Fortunately, we can rebuild America’s airports without raising taxes or adding to deficit spending by modernizing the federal cap on the PFC,” adds Burke.
Источник информации: Airport World
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