Americans work hard to earn their summer vacation days and should be able to enjoy them without the unnecessary burden of another tax increase.
Unfortunately, U.S. airports are asking Congress to increase the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), or the Airport Tax, nearly doubling what air travelers pay just to pass through an airport.
The truth is that there isn’t a crisis in airport funding. Airports are well-financed and generate revenue from a variety of sources, including U.S airlines. In fact, 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 country’s largest 30 airports, not to mention hundreds of other airports across the country.
Each month, airlines are investing over $1 billion in the customer experience – in the air, on the ground and online. They continue to invest in these types of improvements to enhance the overall travel experience and give customers more choices when they fly.
Airports know that Americans don’t want another tax increase, and it’s not just the airlines and our passengers that won’t stand for an Airport Tax to fund already well-financed airports.
“This tax increase isn’t necessary,” Michael McCormick, Executive Director and COO of the Global Business Travel Association wrote in AZ Central on July 9. “Unlike bridges or roads, airports enjoy a variety of funding sources for improvement projects. Airports receive billions of dollars in government grants, are collecting record-high revenues, have cash in the bank and ample access to the bond market at preferred rates. There is no funding crisis at airports.”
Even some airports agree that a tax increase is unnecessary. “Our decision was really based on the need…we don’t see it,” explains Brent Cagle, Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s Interim Director. “It would seem disingenuous to us to lobby for an increase to the cap when we are able to pull together a capital program that we’ll be able to satisfy at the $3.00 [PFC] level.”
With U.S. airlines, travel groups and even airport officials making the case against the airport tax, its time to tell U.S. airports that enough is enough.
McCormick said it best: “Airports should be working with Congress to find ways to boost tourism and trade, not imposing huge new burdens on travelers.”
It is critical for Congress to hear directly from travelers that enough is enough when it comes to new and higher aviation taxes. 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.