New Bipartisan Sinema Bill Speeds Investments in Arizona Airports

Jun 15, 2020

Sinema’s bill allows airports to incentivize completion of construction projects ahead of schedule, saving Arizona taxpayers money and increasing efficiency 

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema today introduced the bipartisan Expedited Delivery of Airport Infrastructure Act with Senator Todd Young (Ind.). Sinema’s legislation allows airports to use Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds for incentive payments to contractors who finish airport construction projects ahead of schedule, improving Arizona’s aviation infrastructure, increasing efficiency in the aviation system, and saving Arizona taxpayers money.
“Arizona’s airports are economic drivers for the communities they serve. Incentivizing quick completion of airport construction ensures Arizona’s aviation system can continue to grow, create jobs, and fuel our state’s economy,” said Sinema, Ranking Member on the Aviation and Space Subcommittee.
“Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the largest economic engine in Arizona and investments in its future generates benefits for all residents,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “While airfield improvements increase efficiency and capacity when completed, their construction timeline can bring disruptions to everyday operations. Creating greater incentive for contractors to complete projects more quickly can lessen this impact.”

Currently airports cannot use Airport Improvement Program funds to incentivize early completion of airport projects, even if the early completion would result in significant capacity or efficiency gains for the airport. Sinema’s Expedited Delivery of Airport Infrastructure Act allows airports to use up to $1 million in AIP money to incentivize contractors to complete projects early, resulting in cost savings and efficiency gains.
Sinema’s bill is supported by Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport, Tucson International Airport, American Association of Airport Executives, and the Airport Council International – North America.