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Airlines For America Urges Vote Against PFC

Airlines & Airports | Airlines for America | Rich Thomaselli | June 04, 2015

Airlines For America Urges Vote Against PFC

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That didn’t take long.

One day after the U.S. Travel Association presented to Congress a comprehensive plan for funding the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill – which included tax cuts that would have affected the airlines and given airports the authority to raise the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) – the airlines struck back.

Airlines For America, the Washington D.C.-based lobby arm of U.S. airlines, launched a petition called “Stop Air Tax Now,” which advocates against raising the PFC.

“Airports want to raise taxes on airline passengers. Don’t you already pay enough in taxes,” A4A wrote in an email, according to the publication The Hill. “Right now you spend $63 in taxes or 21 percent on a typical $300 airline ticket. If airports get their way, the airport tax will increase from $4.50 to $8.50. A family of four could pay $136 in airport taxes alone.”

Groups like the U.S. Travel Association say the PFC needs to be raised to help increase funds for airport infrastructure.

Just as quickly, the Airports Council International-North America said it had circulated a petition of its own that now has 20,000 signatures in favor of increasing the PFC.

In a statement, the group said airlines were being hypocritical when it comes to talking about fees.

“Flight delays, overbooked flights, and high airfares continue to frustrate air travelers,” the group said. “Passengers are tired of seeing outrageous bag fees and change fees go to pay for poor airline management with little benefit to travelers. When travelers learn how the PFC can spur competition, lower fares, and enhance safety and security, travelers increasingly agree it's time to modernize the PFC. As fuel prices have dropped  more than 50 percent, consumers are still waiting for their savings on air fares.”

“Wouldn’t you rather save that money for a summer vacation?” A4A wrote. “Don’t stand for this tax hike. Let airports know that this unnecessary tax hike doesn’t fly with you.” 

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