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Numbers Don’t Lie

U.S. airports are stepping up the pressure they’re putting on Congress to include an airport tax hike in this year’s FAA Reauthorization bill.

But the call for a nearly 90 percent increase in the tax every passenger pays just to travel through an airport is unnecessary and just doesn’t make sense.

Airports have tried to justify this tax hike by saying they need it to pay for improvement projects at airports around the country, but the simple truth is they don’t need the money. Since 2008, more than $70 billion in capital improvement projects have been completed, are underway or have been approved by U.S. airlines and their airport partners at the nation’s 30 largest airports, and development is happening at smaller airports across the country as well.

Airports have more than $11 billion in unrestricted cash, and last year alone they collected $2.8 billion in revenue from PFCs.  But they still want air travelers to shoulder another tax increase – on top of the 17 federal taxes and fees already piled on aviation and its customers. Asking passengers to pay more is unfair and unnecessary.

America’s airlines and travelers are not the only opponents to an increase to the PFC to fund well-financed airports. Consumer groups, travel associations and airport directors have all weighed in on behalf of U.S. travelers. They all agree with the Global Business Travel Association which recently pointed out, “Travel should be promoted, rather than taxed ad nauseam.”

This opposition is resonating with our elected officials. In fact, Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) summed it up perfectly: “Raising airline ticket prices through PFCs is not an option.”

Airports have the resources they need to complete the demand-driven improvement projects we all want. Competition among airlines is driving our carriers to continually invest in new projects that provide passengers with the travel experience they’ve come to expect.

U.S. airports may want another tax increase on Americans who fly, but they certainly don’t need it, and the numbers back that up.

Tell Congress not to let them hit American air travelers with another unnecessary tax hike. Please go to StopAirTaxNow.com to let your voice be heard by sending a letter to your representative urging them to reject an increase in the PFC airport tax. Please also encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.

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