ACC News and Updates

    • ACC COVID-19 Discussion Forums are Open for Your Participation!

      May 21, 2020

      ACC has created discussion forums on the ACC Training Hub to encourage members to exchange ideas, discuss COVID-19 challenges, share business and operational strategies, and learn about COVID-19 impacts on the aviation industry. The forums are divided by company size – Large, Medium, Small and Sole Proprietor to encourage participation and discussions that are unique to each size category.

      A big thank you to the forum facilitators: Large Firms – Geoffrey Ax (Populous), Medium Firms – Greg Heaton (Crawford, Murphy and Tilly), Small Firms – Belinda Hargrove (TransSolutions) and Sole Proprietor Firms – Susan Winslow (Tela Vuota) who hosted very successful forum meetings this week! Please join the discussions and give us your insights on the Future of Airports and what air travel will be like after we return to normalcy. We look forward to your insights.

    • ACC Committee Leadership Focus on Future of Airports

      May 14, 2020

      The ACC Board of Directors has revisited the organization's strategic plan to focus on the Future of Airports strategic priority. The key focus areas will be on the post-COVID airport as the economy begins to open up; how the travel experience will change; and implications on the future design and operations at airports. A meeting of all ACC committee leaders was held on May 5 to discuss the 'COVID-19 pivot' and a proposed process for committee leadership in educating and informing ACC members and industry stakeholders.>

      Following this meeting, leaders of the Terminal and Facilities (Scott Tumolo and Amy Sonbuchner), Security (Mark Crosby and Cassie Beamer) and Planning and Environmental (Jen Wolchansky and Doug DiCarlo) committees have had follow up discussions with ACC staff to discuss next steps. The participation of all committees is greatly encouraged!
    • ACC Rolls out Post COVID Airport Strategic Plan Direction

      May 7, 2020

      In 2019, ACC launched the implementation of its updated strategic plan taking into account an aviation industry that was experiencing significant growth and severe congestion in airport facilities. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ACC has shifted its focus on the short and long-term implications of the pandemic to the aviation industry and airport design. The ACC Board of Directors has revisited the strategic plan to now prioritize the Future of Airports theme in the post-COVID world. ACC committee leaders held a call on May 5 to discuss the 'COVID-19 pivot' and a proposed process for ACC committees to lead in educating and informing ACC members and industry stakeholders. The focus will be on the post-COVID airport as the economy begins to open up again; how the travel experience will change; and implications on the future design and operations at airports.
    • ACC 'Impacts of COVID-19 on Aviation' Webinar Draws over 300 Participants

      April 30, 2020

      ACC hosted an informative webinar on Thursday, April 23rd that featured perspectives on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on aviation and airports, along with scenarios for future recovery. Moderated by ACC President T.J. Schulz, presenters included John P. Heimlich, Vice President and Chief Economist for America for Airlines (A4A), along with Ian Kincaid and Mark Taylor with InterVISTAS Consulting. The panel covered how the COVID-19 epidemic was different from previous shocks to the aviation system, the linkage of economic recovery to the aviation industry, and ways air travel may change in the future. The webinar is available for on-demand viewing at the ACC Training Hub and includes PDH credits.
    • ACC COVID-19 Survey Reveals Varying Impacts on Companies

      April 23, 2020

      Initial results collected from the ACC COVID-19 survey indicated a varying degree of immediate impacts from the crisis. In addition to the key themes we observed and have reported on regarding airport project status, other items of interest emerged from our inquiry. According to the survey, approximately 95% of respondents have seen no contract modifications. About 65% have not encountered challenges to collecting payments. The remaining 35% have experienced some challenges with 5% reporting those challenges as being major. 40% of respondents indicated they were in the process of, or would be seeking local/state/federal relief options in response to the situation. 60% at the time said no action on that front has been taken. These numbers might well have changed over the course of the past month and ACC will reengage members to determine further impacts of the crisis on airport capital projects.
    • ACC Launches Virtual Exhibit Hall

      April 9, 2020

      ACC has launched a Virtual Exhibit Hall to provide companies an innovative way of highlighting offerings to potential aviation customers without travel expenses, shipping of booths/materials, or staff resources. As many in-person national conferences and training events are canceled and postponed, the ACC Virtual Exhibit Hall, open 24/7 from April – July 31, 2020, and hosted in the ACC Training Hub, will maximize company visibility, while providing unique customization of your messaging. "Showcase products/services and reach thousands of decision makers! Present webinars, share photos, literature, videos and podcasts, encourage networking and discussions. Offer access to your key organization contacts and website links." To reserve your booth or for more information, click here or email
    • ACC Bids Farewell to Colleen Flood

      April 2, 2020

      Colleen Flood, ACC's Senior Director of Marketing, Membership and Meeting Services, has resigned from ACC effective March 31. Over her 8-years at ACC, Colleen spearheaded numerous operational improvements and enhancements to ACC meetings and conferences, and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. For questions concerning ACC events, marketing and membership, please contact TJ Schulz or Grace Healy, ACC Membership & Marketing Assistant at
    • COVID-19 Updates

      April 1, 2020

      As the impacts and ramifications of the coronavirus event continue to unfold, the aviation industry is seeking aid from Congress and the Trump Administration to offset unprecedented losses incurred by the massive COVID-19 related travel disruptions. ACC will be covering industry proposals for inclusion in government’s plans to stimulate the economy and provide aid to affected industries. Members will have the opportunity to review recent and past updates here. For assistance in setting up member login credentials, please contact  
    • ACC Identifies $138B in Airport Projects Planned Through 2024

      February 27, 2020

      The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) released its Capital Development at U.S. Airports report, providing an outlook of trends, projects, and funding from now until 2024. The report provides insight into the magnitude of capital development planned at airports throughout the United States. The top 130 airports, ranked by passenger totals, were surveyed, and research of publicly available information was compiled to estimate the amount of investment required to meet project demands. The study also provides observations regarding the data and research compiled regarding the changing landscape of capital improvements at airports. 

    • "We are pleased to present this new study which provides an estimate of capital investment needs at the nation’s airports of approximately $138 billion over the next five years, " said ACC President T.J. Schulz. "This report highlights the significant amount of capital required to enhance, grow, and maintain our nation’s airports – reinforcing airports’ vital role in the nation’s economy." In addition to the report, which can be found at the ACC website, ACC provides for its members an interactive database which enables users to analyze, sort, and visualize the magnitude and type of investment for many of the nations’ largest airports.


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