Airport funding wars heat up

10/19/2009 | Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), The

Facing an overall decline in aviation, commercial airport and general aviation airports are fighting for federal funds, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Commercial interests, including the Air Transport Association, argue that "the original intention of the Airport Improvement Program was for the money to go to airports with passenger service." But the FAA says funding formulas haven't changed for 20 years and that GA airports aren't only for corporate "fat cats" in private jets. "It's not just about the air service and the amount of passengers served," says an agency spokeswoman. "General-aviation airports support many aviation-related businesses, cargo and emergency medical operations."

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