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Airlines for America Urges Senators to Reject Massive Secret Tax Hike

counting dollarsAirlines for America (A4A) urged Senators to oppose the unreleased Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee effort to increase the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) tax. While the Committee has not made the bill language public, airport sources indicate that the Subcommittee voted today to increase and nearly double the PFC tax from $4.50 to $8.50 which would result in a massive $3.2 billion tax hike on every air traveler who takes to the skies. 

“Airline passengers already pay over $20 billion a year in taxes for the tickets they purchase. Adding another $3.2 billion tax hike on American travelers simply cannot be justified. The truth of the matter is that airports are flush with cash. It is disingenuous at best for Congress to repeatedly saddle traveling families and businesses with tax-hike after tax-hike while airports are sitting on billions in unused funds. Congress has access to over $7 billion in unobligated tax revenue sitting idle in the aviation trust fund that could be used instead of raising taxes. Choosing to increase this tax is a completely unnecessary poke in the eye and wallet of air travelers. We urge Senators on both sides of the aisle to stand with the 2.4 million people who fly every day by sending a message that tax hikes simply won’t fly,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio.

If enacted, raising the Airport Tax from $4.50 to $8.50 means:

Congress has repeatedly rejected raising airport taxes because there is no basis to support such an increase.

This tax increase must be rejected.