DEVELOPING A NATIONAL AIRPORT SYSTEM: ADDITIONAL CONGRESSIONAL GUIDANCE NEEDED

State and local airport planning financed with Federal grants was intended to support development of a national airport system; this has not occurred. Federal legislation should be enacted to require State and local airport plans as a prerequisite for Federal development grants. Sufficient grant funds have not been available to finance airport improvements. Also, the existing method for funding these improvements has not been effective in supporting a national airport system. The Congress should establish priorities for distributing Federal airport development grants. In the next decade, over $10 billion will be needed to develop the system. Of this about $3 billion is needed to develop some 2,600 general aviation airports to serve business and pleasure flying. Additional congressional guidance is needed to help identify those general aviation airports essential to a national system.

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  • Pagination: 64 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196019
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: U.S. General Accounting Office
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CED-79-17
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1979 12:00AM