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BAF Infrastructure Week Event Highlights Need for Airport Investments

During the sixth annual infrastructure week Infrastructure Week, Building America’s Future co-hosted an event with Tampa International Airport and Airports Council International-North America to highlight the need for airport investments. Kerry O’Hare, BAF Vice President and Director of Policy, spoke to attendees about the importance of investing in infrastructure in order to keep America economically competitive. BAF Co-Chair Ed Rendell also gave remarks in a video-taped message. Additionally, the event featured remarks from U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, video messages from Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano and Airports Council International – North America President and CEO Kevin Burke.  Infrastructure Week has featured over 100 events throughout the country in a bipartisan call for investment in airports, roads, rail, water systems and other vital infrastructure.

 

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Tampa Bay Business Journal: Tampa International calls for infrastructure investment as it showcases future international airside
By Frances McMorris | May 15, 2018

Tampa International Airport showed off the future site of its 16-gate Airside D, the third phase of its master plan expansion, as part of an event on Tuesday to mark Infrastructure Week.

Also at the event, airport CEO Joe Lopano called for an increase in the passenger facility charge, which is used to fund airport improvement projects that have been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. But the $4.50 PFC, which is tacked onto each airline ticket, hasn’t been raised in nearly two decades, Lopano said. He called for modernizing the PFC to “increase our ability to create great infrastructure.”

Lopano made his remarks at the international arrivals atrium at Airside F, which has the nearby international baggage claim. Some $27 million in funding from the state and PFC collections expanded the international baggage claim facility and also includes Customs and Border Patrol processing, as well as a larger security screening area. READ MORE

 

Infrastructure Week Event Highlights Need for Airport Investments

TAMPA, FL - Tampa International Airport hosted Airports Council International-North America and Building America’s Future along with members of the Tampa Congressional delegation as part of nationwide activities marking the sixth annual Infrastructure Week.

In a press conference and tour of recent airport improvements as well as the location of a future new 16-gate airside, lawmakers and industry leaders called for robust infrastructure investment that includes significant funding for airports.

At a press conference in the atrium of Airside F, where an expansion was completed in 2012, airport CEO Joe Lopano highlighted the need to invest in facilities that will increase airline competition to give passengers more choices and grow air service to support economic development in the region. READ MORE