Right now, you spend $63 in taxes
on a typical $300 airline ticket.
Isn't that enough?
U.S Airports charge passengers a PFC, a tax just for using the airport. Under the current system, airports collected $2.8 billion in revenue in 2013 from PFCs alone. Additionally, they collected another $2.8 billion in 2014, illustrating that the PFC is a strong revenue generator for U.S. airports. Even with all this revenue, the airports are claiming it's not enough. They're asking Congress to hike this tax nearly 90 percent and to have it automatically increase every year.
Myths vs. FactsMyth
Local communities need a modernized PFC to meet their infrastructure needs.Fact
Airports have more than $11 billion in unrestricted cash plus ready access to the bond market. On top of that, PFCs are back to record levels. There is no need to “modernize” the Airport Tax on the backs of passengers.Myth
Passengers can easily afford a PFC increase.Fact
American consumers are overburdened with federal taxes and fees. Today, federal taxes constitute 21 percent, or $63, of a typical domestic one-stop, round-trip ticket.Myth
Airports lack the resources they need for necessary improvement projects.
If the airports get their tax increase, a family of four taking one round trip could expect to pay up to $136 just in airport taxes. That’s $64 more taken directly out of the pockets of American families.Fact
There simply isn’t a crisis in airport funding. Airports are flush with cash and already receive billions of dollars from both passengers and the government.Myth
Without an increase in the PFC, the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) will dry up.Fact
The AATF has a healthy $6 billion uncommitted balance and is on course to generate record revenues.Myth
Consumers firmly believe that an increase in the PFC is worth it because of the need for infrastructure like highways, roads, bridges and airportsFact
Americans understand the PFC modernization jargon that airports are using to disguise their desire to hike the Airport Tax. In fact, a recent nationwide survey of 1,000 voters showed that 82 percent of respondents oppose hiking the PFC by nearly 90 percent and tying future increases to inflation.
Tell your representative this tax hike won't fly with you
Airline Investment in Airport Improvement Projects
To enhance the travel experience, U.S. airlines and their partners continue to invest in airport improvements – from new terminals and runways, to upgraded check-in and gate experiences, as well as other amenities like charging stations at airports. The long-standing partnership between the U.S. airlines and airports is helping make air travel more efficient and more convenient for all customers.
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