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ACC seeks member assessment of 'RAND Report'

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A report on a study commissioned by the FAA, pursuant to section 122 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, has just been released by the RAND Corporation, the nonprofit and nonpartisan policy research organization selected for the task. The report “U.S. Airport Infrastructure Funding and Finance,” , available at www.rand.org explains how United States commercial service airports currently fund and finance their infrastructure needs. It assesses the adequacy of those mechanisms for maintaining a well-functioning aviation system, and presents findings and recommendations to policymakers on actions to upgrade the national aviation infrastructure system to meet the growing and shifting demands of the 21st century. Included in the recommendations are changes to the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) program, the Airport Improvement Program, the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and the policies and procedures that guard against diversion of airport revenue to non-airport uses. One specific recommendation is to raise the PFC, capped at $4.50 per passenger since 2000, to $7.50 and index it to inflation moving forward.

Although the audience for the 215-page report is primarily Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation officials (including the FAA), it has been made accessible to a wider audience. To this end, ACC would like its members assessment of the key findings and recommended changes (see below) to current federal policies related to airport infrastructure funding and the merit of such policy changes. We would like your input so that we can effectively articulate our position as an organization on each recommendation. Please send your comments to Sylviap@acconline.org by February 13. more


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