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Montréal, Québec, CANADA, 19 September 2012 – At the 22nd ACI World General Assembly in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the world’s airports unanimously supported a resolution to:
1. Concentrate their efforts on educating regional, national and supra-national governments to support the development of airport infrastructure in order to ensure the sustainable social, economic and environmental development of the regions they serve.
2. Pursue the adoption of government regulation that fosters and incentivizes rational and timely infrastructure investment by the public or private sectors.
3. Work to enlighten governments on the negative economic and social impact of imposing taxes on aviation on a national or multi-national level for the sole purpose of addressing general budgetary deficits.
Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World stated that “Airports are powerful engines of economic and social development that make significant contributions to the GDP of states, as well as by stimulating direct and indirect employment. The latest economic analyses commissioned by ACI-North America and the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), of which ACI is a founding member, demonstrates just what airports mean to the economy. At the global level, ATAG reports that the aviation industry supports 56.6 million jobs worldwide; has 2.2 trillion dollars in global economic output and if we were our own country, we would rank 19th in size by GDP. Airports directly employ some 500,000 people around the world and drive tourism and commerce in our local regions. Despite this, many airports around the world are treated like cash cows by their governments who choose to levy heavier taxes, year after year, on airports as a means of boosting government revenues. Meanwhile, other airports face curtailed expansion projects, either through government opposition or by virtue of systemic roadblocks to funding for airport expansion projects.”
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