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
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.
“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.
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
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
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.
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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