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.”
Airlines for America (A4A) members are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and UPS. Air Canada is an associate member.
A4A advocates on behalf of the leading U.S. airlines, both passenger and cargo carriers. A4A works collaboratively with industry stakeholders, federal agencies, the Administration, Congress, labor and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.