WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2015 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today issued the following statement denouncing a congressional plan to increase aviation security taxes on airline customers, to help offset the cost of surface transportation.
“We support infrastructure improvement, and applaud the bipartisan effort to reach agreement on a highway bill. However, airline customers are already overtaxed, and this agreement will further drive up the cost of travel for the 2 million passengers who fly on U.S. airlines every day. It is unfortunate that, once again, Congress is placing the burden to fund highway spending on the backs of the flying public.”
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. Airlines for America (A4A) vigorously advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.
America needs a cohesive National Airline Policy that will support the integral role the nation’s airlines play in connecting people and goods globally, spur the nation’s economic growth and create more high-paying jobs. A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor groups, Congress and the Administration to improve air travel for everyone.
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