U.S. airports charge passengers a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), a tax just for using the airport. Airports collected $3.2 billion in 2016, breaking the record set in 2015, and are estimated to set a new record in 2017. Even with all this revenue, the airports are claiming it's not enough. They're asking Congress to eliminate the PFC cap and give them unfettered control to charge passengers any amount they want.
They want our leaders to sign off on an unchecked power to raise taxes on anyone who flies. We can’t have a system where individual airports can raise taxes on passengers whenever they want by however much they want. Passengers can’t afford to pay untold billions in new taxes and fees.

Tell your representative this tax hike won't fly with you

Airline Investment in Airport Improvement Projects

U.S. airlines invested more than $17.5 billion in 2016 to enhance the travel experience. Airport improvements include new terminals and runways, to upgraded check-in and gate experiences, as well as other amenities like charging stations. Airlines are strong partners in airport finance, and the long-standing collaboration with airports is helping make air travel more efficient and more convenient for all customers.
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March 18, 2015
Travel Insights: Just How Healthy Are the Airlines

Last week Airlines for America (A4A), the lobbying group for nearly every major U.S. airline, projected spring 2015 air travel would rise to its highest level in seven years, with passenger volumes expected to fall just below the 2007 peak. Roughly 134.8 million passengers are expected to fly on U.S. airlines during March and April compared to 132.2 million passengers in 2014, including a record 17.2 million travelers on international flights.

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March 4, 2015
Runway Girl Network: United takes fresh approach to airport lounge food

United Airlines is rolling out improvements to its airport lounge experience to entice the globe-trotting, savvy frequent flyer who demands the best in amenities. Customers at United Clubs can look forward to a new, complimentary foodie-friendly spread featuring farm-to-table offerings, local foods and fresh, healthy selections such as a Greek yogurt bar, and a humus, veggie and charcuterie table.

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February 26, 2015
Aviation Pros: Westfield And Hudson Group Unveil Retail Revamp At JFK Terminal 8

Eight new shops – including Victoria's Secret and seven renovated Hudson locations – are now open at John F. Kennedy International Airport's Terminal 8, announced airport retail terminal developer Westfield and premier travel retailer Hudson Group. The redeveloped shops are part of the 51,000-square-foot retail and dining collection at the American Airlines terminal.

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February 6, 2015
KSTP: Forum Outlines Changes Coming to MSP Airport

We’re learning more about the changes coming to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Metropolitan Airports Commission Executive Director and CEO Jeff Hamiel discussed the improvements and expansion during a public policy forum Friday morning at the Wells Fargo Center in Minneapolis.

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December 31, 2014
USA Today: Best airport amenities of 2014, courtesy of the airlines

In a round-up earlier this month of great amenities introduced at U.S. airports during 2014, we left out the virtual library at Philadelphia International, the customer service robot introduced at Indianapolis International Airport, the snacks and other grab-n-go items in the "At Your Service" cart that airport vendor Paradies now rolls over to "gate huggers" in hold rooms at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida and California's John Wayne Airport, and the twice-weekly farmers market that pops up post-security at Portland International Airport.

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September 14, 2014
LA Times: LAX kicks off $508-million renovation of Southwest Airlines terminal

The modernization of outdated terminals at Los Angeles International Airport forged ahead Tuesday as work began on a $508-million renovation of one of the busiest passenger facilities. City leaders and airport officials broke ground at Terminal 1, home to Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary AirTran Airways. Known for traffic congestion and long lines, the 30-year old facility handled about 9.65 million travelers in 2013, the most of any LAX terminal that year.

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