Airport executives are hopeful that the FAA reauthorization bill pending in the Senate will allow for greater stability and better long-term planning. "It's hard to make plans in three-month chunks," notes Elaine Roberts, CEO of the Columbus (Ohio) Regional Airport Authority, referring to the short-term bills that have kept the FAA going since 2007. One key component of the current bill: a boost in passenger facility charges that would help airports fund infrastructure and security upgrades. In Columbus, for instance, PFCs are needed to pay the airport's share of a $160 million runway and a $51 million in-line baggage screening system.

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