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Macquarie Infrastructure Company’s (MIC) Airport Services Business

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Macquarie Infrastructure Company’s airport services business, Atlantic Aviation, generates the majority of the company’s gross profit. The division operates 72 fixed base operations (FBOs) on leased land at 68 airports throughout the United States and one heliport in New York City. This network is recognized as the largest in the industry in the U.S. by number of sites.

Atlantic Aviation primarily serves the corporate and private jet segment of the general aviation industry. The business’s services include terminal operations, refueling, de-icing, aircraft parking and hangarage. Atlantic Aviation is committed to providing the safest and most secure environment for business, commercial and personal aircraft, while delivering the highest quality of service in a warm, friendly and professional manner.

Macquarie Infrastructure’s airport services business growth has been driven by increases in the number of general aviation fixed-wing turbine aircraft in operation and an increase in the number of hours flown by those aircraft. Several factors have fueled the growth in general aviation including: the passage of the General Aviation Revitalization Act in 1994, which significantly reduced the liability facing general aviation aircraft manufacturers; traveler dissatisfaction with the inconvenience of commercial airlines and major airports as a result of security-related delays; and the growth in programs for the fractional ownership of general aviation aircraft.

Although the economic slowdown has caused a reduction in general aviation activity and fuel sales, Macquarie Infrastructure believes the quality of its operations, strong marketing programs and experienced management teams provide a competitive edge in the marketplace. By expanding through acquisitions, the company has been able to serve more travelers at some of the most popular business and recreational general aviation destinations in the U.S.

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Macquarie Infrastructure Company’s (MIC) Board of Directors

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Chairman John Roberts, an Executive Director of Macquarie, has been the Global Head of Macquarie Capital Funds since August 2003. Joining the company in 1991, he is both Joint Head of the Macquarie Capital Advisers division and directly responsible for the Macquarie Capital Funds group. In addition to Macquarie, Mr. Roberts is a director of a number of listed and unlisted entities around the world that manage infrastructure investments.

Alternate Chairman Stephen Mentzines is an Executive Director of Macquarie and Head of Macquarie Capital Funds operations in North America. Prior to heading the North American operations, Mr. Mentzines was Global Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Macquarie Capital Funds. His responsibilities included new fund development, capital raisings and management, asset management, operations, finance, legal, compliance, tax, structuring, investor relations, communications and public affairs activities.

Director Norman Brown is currently a Member and Senior Managing Director of Brock Capital Group LLC. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director/Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse First Boston and a Managing Director at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation. With thirty years in the investment banking business specializing in debt finance, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring, he is currently an independent director of W.P. Stewart & Co. Growth Fund and Chairman of its Audit Committee.

Director George Carmany is the President of G.W. Carmany and Co., Inc., which advises developing companies in the life sciences and financial services industries. He is also a Director of SunLife Financial, Inc. and Senior Advisor to Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. and EnGeneIC Pty Ltd. Mr. Carmany’s previous experience includes more than two decades at the American Express Company, where he held senior positions in its international banking, corporate, and asset management divisions.

Director William Webb has accumulated significant experience as an independent director and as a long-serving senior executive of a major corporation. Retiring in 2002 as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Philip Morris group (now comprising Altria Group, Inc., Philip Morris International Inc. and Kraft Foods Inc., he served as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure as Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible for the five principal operating companies of Philip Morris Companies Inc., which included Kraft Foods North America, Kraft Foods International, Miller Brewing Company, Philip Morris International Inc. and Philip Morris Inc.

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Macquarie Infrastructure Company’s (MIC) Focus on Infrastructure Offers Several Advantages

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Macquarie Infrastructure Company focuses its efforts on owning, operating and investing in a diversified group of infrastructure businesses that provide basic, everyday services in the United States. These businesses typically have sustainable, growing long-term cash flows due to consistent customer demand and strong competitive positions.

The strong competitive position these businesses hold are the result of many factors, including: high initial development and construction costs, competitors’ difficulty in obtaining suitable land such as suitable land near or at airports for parking facilities or FBOs, required government approvals which may be difficult or time-consuming to obtain, and long-term exclusive concessions and customer contracts.

Additionally, infrastructure assets – especially those newly constructed – are usually long-lived, require predictable and manageable maintenance capital expenditure and generally aren’t subject to major technological change or rapid physical deterioration. This built-in sustainability and predictable income allows infrastructure assets to support more debt than other businesses, resulting in increased returns to shareholders.

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Macquarie Infrastructure Company’s (MIC) Recently Appointed CEO

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Macquarie Infrastructure Company’s management company, Macquarie Infrastructure Management (USA) Inc., recently appointed Mr. James Hooke to the position of Chief Executive Officer of MIC, effective May 8, 2009. Mr. Hooke has a broad array of experience within the North American infrastructure and private equity sectors. He has established a track record of growing businesses in management, board director and corporate development roles.

Most recently, Mr. Hooke was responsible for developing and managing a portfolio company investment for Macquarie Infrastructure Partners Inc. (MIP). MIP is the manager of two unlisted infrastructure funds responsible for investing and managing approximately $5.5 billion of investor commitments across a range of North American infrastructure businesses. Additionally, Mr. Hooke was responsible for the management of several portfolio company investments for other Macquarie affiliates and clients.

Commenting on Mr. Hooke’s appointment, Mr. John Roberts, Chairman of MIC, stated, “James is an ideal candidate to lead the next phase of MIC’s development. As CEO, James will continue the various initiatives currently underway to restore shareholder value through reducing debt levels, effectively managing expenses and operational improvement.”

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Macquarie Infrastructure Company LLC (MIC) is “One to Watch”

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Macquarie Infrastructure Company LLC (NYSE: MIC) is focused on owning, operating and investing in a diversified group of infrastructure businesses in the United States. These businesses include an airport services business, 50% of the company that owns one of the largest bulk liquid storage terminal businesses in the US, a gas production and distribution business, a district energy business and an airport parking business.

Airport services comprised the majority of the company’s gross profit in 2008. The division consists of 72 fixed base operations (FBOs) on leased land at 68 airports throughout the United States and one heliport in New York City. Services include terminal operations, refueling, de-icing, aircraft parking and hangarage. Macquarie Infrastructure believes the quality of its operations and strong marketing programs provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Because of their nature, Macquarie Infrastructure’s businesses are apt to generate a stable, increasing amount of revenue over time. Currently a substantial portion of that cash is being used to reduce debt owed by Macquarie Infrastructure and its operating companies. Once debt levels have been reduced and the debt markets are functioning properly, the cash flow will once again be used to distribute cash dividends to shareholders.

Recently appointed CEO James Hooke has a range of investment, restructuring, business improvement and asset management experience across the North American infrastructure and private equity sectors. His track record of establishing and growing businesses in management, board director and corporate development roles makes him the perfect candidate to lead Macquarie Infrastructure’s next phase of development as the company strives to restore shareholder value by reducing debt levels, effectively managing expenses and improving operations.

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