You may think that tax day only comes once a year, but if you’ve taken to the skies recently, your wallet may be feeling it more than you realize. Airports around the country are advocating for an increase in the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), an added tax in your ticket price just for using the airport.
Every traveler deserves convenient and comfortable airports, but a massive tax hike isn’t the answer to airport infrastructure investment. On a typical $300 ticket, passengers spend $63 on taxes—21 percent of the total cost that goes directly back to the government and airport authorities. Travelers already carry too much of the burden and an increase in these exorbitant taxes would hurt the everyday family, just looking forward to a vacation together.
Airports don’t need more money. In fact, airports today are collecting record level revenues from airline rents and fees, restaurants, retail locations and parking lots in their facilities. Since 2008, the nation’s 30 largest airports spent over $100 billion in capital projects. PFC collections rose 101 percent between 2000 and 2016. In 2016 alone, PFC collections hit an all-time high at $3.1 billion and are expected to be even higher for 2017. There is no funding crisis and no reason for passengers to pay higher ticket taxes and foot the bill for airports.
By increasing the PFC, airports are only hurting travelers, especially those on a budget. Today’s air travel is more accessible and affordable than ever before. This booming industry not only safely transports millions of goods and people to their destinations every day, but supports 5 percent of all U.S. GDP and more than 10 million jobs across the country. Unfortunately, a higher PFC cap will discourage travel and hinder airlines’ ability to expand service, negatively affecting the average family or business travelers who already pay more than their fair share in airport taxes.
To learn more about the harmful effects of PFC increases and to voice your opposition to Congress, visit stopairtaxnow.com.