17-May-2018 1:54 PM

US House Subcommittee approves FY2019 US DoT and US FAA spending bill

American Association of Airport Executives announced (16-May-2018) US House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee approved a FY2019 spending bill for the US Department of Transportation that includes an additional USD500 million for airport infrastructure projects and a USD3 million increase for the Contract Tower and Contract Tower Cost Share Programmes. Other key items include:

  • Cost free space: The House draft includes a proposal that would continue to prohibit the US FAA from requiring airports to provide space free of charge in airport owned buildings;
  • Facilities and equipment: The House bill proposes USD3.25 billion for US FAA facilities and equipment, including NextGen programmes;
  • US FAA operations: The House bill proposes USD10.411 billion for US FAA operations, USD9.595 billion of which would come from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund;
  • Research, engineering, and development: The House measure includes USD180 million for research, engineering, and development;
  • Contract towers: The House bill includes USD168 million in dedicated funding for the Contract Tower and Contract Tower Cost Share Programmes - USD3 million more than the current level;
  • Essential Air Service (EAS): The House bill would appropriate USD175 million for the EAS Programme - USD20 million above the current funding level. Like the FY2018 omnibus spending bill, the House bill would waive the 15 passenger seat requirement. It would also prevent US DoT from entering into new a new contract for EAS communities that are located less than 40 miles from a small hub airport unless the community comes up with a local cost share;
  • Small Community Air Service Development: The House bill does not include funding for the Small Community Air Service Development Programme;
  • Airport Cooperative Research Programme: The House bill includes USD15 million in AIP funding for the Airport Cooperative Research Programme;
  • Contract weather observers: The bill would continue to block the US FAA from eliminating the Contact Weather Observers programme at any airport. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

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