WASHINGTON, July 8, 2014 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, released the following statement in response to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) recent effort to oppose the Transparent Airfares Act in Congress.
“Airline travelers across the country should find it alarming that DOT would actively oppose bipartisan efforts in Congress designed to engage and inform consumers about just how much of their airfare purchase consists of government-imposed taxes and fees.
“The Transparent Airfares Act was voted unanimously out of committee by lawmakers from both parties, which is a rarity in today’s Congress. At the heart of the bipartisan support for this legislation is the principle, jointly shared by Republicans and Democrats alike, that consumers deserve to clearly know just how much they are paying in federally imposed taxes and fees every time they purchase a ticket.
“It’s disingenuous for bureaucrats in Washington to try and shield blame for taxes on the air travel of American citizens – particularly when the Administration’s own budget calls for an additional $4.2 billion in taxes on airline customers. Burying these significant charges from the customers who pay them is irresponsible public policy and only incentivizes these same bureaucrats to continue driving up the cost for air travel through arbitrary tax hikes.
“Rather than stand in the way of the transparency airline customers deserve, the Administration should join Congress and take steps to lower costs for consumers while also rising to the level of transparency it demands of others.”
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.4 million passengers and more than 58,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) 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.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor, Congress, the Administration and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.