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   Vol. 16 No. 64
Thursday August 10, 2017

AIRPORTS - Don't Get Ashley Started

Airports—Don't Get Ashley Started

     Airports are powerful drivers of economic growth, insists Ashley Sng, Research Analyst, Economic Affairs, Airports Council International-North America and Secretary of the ACI-NA Air Cargo Committee.
     The youthful executive declares, “America’s airports generate more than $1.2 trillion in annual economic activity, accounting for 8% of GDP.
     “Air cargo is a facilitator of that economic growth, with airports being a key piece of the puzzle.
     “In 2016, more than 99% of air cargo in the U.S. passed through Airports Council International North America—ACI-NA’s member airports.

Big Part of USACIA

     “ACI-NA joins Cargo Network Services (CNS) next month in Washington on September 6 as a collaborator at the 2nd annual U.S. Air Cargo Industry Affairs (USACIA) Summit.

Gathering of Champions

     “The Summit is important as it brings together champions in the U.S. air cargo industry to present a unique forum to highlight to government officials, the importance of air cargo and the various issues challenging the industry.
     “Over the years, air cargo has grown in importance at ACI-NA.
     “Starting as a subcommittee of the Economics Committee in 1993, the Air Cargo Committee is now one of 16 standing Committees today with over 200 members.
      “Through the active participation of its airport and associate members, the Air Cargo Committee delves into a broad spectrum of cargo-related issues and their effect on both airports and the intermodal transportation of goods.”

The Full Menu

     The ACI Cargo Committee addresses important subjects including security and other regulatory mandates, international air service, U.S. freight policies, and financial and management strategies relating to cargo operations.

USACIA Summit Important

Numbers Are Sky Rocketing

     “With air cargo in the U.S. growing 2% in 2016, the industry is expected to continue to strengthen in 2017 and beyond, in line with longer-term growth trends,” Ashley reports.
     “The FAA’s Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years 2016-2036 predicts that cargo traffic will more than double from 35.9 billion revenue ton miles to 74.8 billion revenue ton miles in 2036.

Time To Build More

     “The above number increases, coupled with strong passenger growth, require U.S. airports to ensure that their infrastructure is modernized to maintain their leadership in the global aviation system.”
     According to a comprehensive study conducted by ACI-NA, airports have $100 billion in infrastructure needs over the next five years to accommodate growth in passenger and cargo activity, rehabilitate existing facilities, and support aircraft innovation.

Billions For Air Cargo

     “Of that amount, Ashley said, ” an estimated $1-$1.5 billion is required to fund projects dedicated to air cargo activity.
     “Projects include improvements to landside access, expansion of airport operations area for cargo aircraft, and construction of new cargo buildings and facilities.
     “As the voice of airports, ACI-NA’s mission is to advocate for airport priorities that strengthen our members’ ability to serve their passengers, customers and communities.
     “Our participation, Ashley assures,” in the USACIA Summit is an excellent opportunity to ensure that airports’ needs are well understood by air cargo and government stakeholders.
     “ACI is committed to building on our work through partnering with CNS and other associations to keep air cargo moving forward,” he concluded.

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