U.S. airports charge passengers a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), a tax just for using the airport. Airports collected $3.3 billion in 2017, breaking the record set in 2016. Even with all this revenue, the airports are claiming it's not enough. They're asking Congress to almost double the PFC tax, meaning a family of four would pay $104 in the PFC tax alone on a round trip ticket.

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

Airline Investment in Airport Improvement Projects

Over $130 billion of capital projects have been completed, are underway or approved at the nation’s 30 largest airports alone since 2008. Additionally, U.S. airlines invested $20 billion in 2017 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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December 12, 2018
Amazon chooses Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport for regional air hub and hundreds of jobs

Amazon is building a new regional air hub at Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport, bolstering its shipping business in a move that’s expected to create hundreds of jobs for the region ... This summer, the airport completed a $260 million project to extend its runways, allowing for more consistent operations, especially in hot weather, for fully loaded cargo jets.

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December 10, 2018
United to invest at least $34m at Washington Dulles

United is investing $34 million into Dulles airport for construction of an extension to concourse C to house a new premium Polaris lounge at Dulles, a presentation to the operator's board shows ... "United’s Polaris lounge will serve an important role in improving the customer experience at United’s Dulles hub," the airline says. The Dulles investment comes as MWAA invests more than $1 billion at nearby Ronald Reagan Washington National airport.

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December 10, 2018
Things Are Actually Looking Up At Honolulu Airport

HDOT Airports Deputy Director Ross Higashi knows all about the generally sketchy reputation of Honolulu’s airport ... [but] all is not woe at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, which is in the midst of a modernization project that he says will lead to an open, safe, efficient and even pleasant facility. That means clean restrooms, lots of food and retail options, room to stretch and walk around, places to relax before and between flights, clear signage and easy access to rental cars and public transportation.

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December 6, 2018
Utah doles out $6 million to airports for infrastructure, equipment upgrades

Seven airports in Allegheny, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties are among 26 airports in 23 counties getting a share of more than $6 million in state grants to make infrastructure and equipment upgrades, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration announced Thursday. “With more than 400 airports across the state, this support from my administration helps keep aviation a viable transportation alternative and adds to our economy as well,” Wolf said. “These airports support hundreds of thousands of jobs and offer services that are attractive to the business community and others interested in general aviation.”

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December 3, 2018
Airports: Upgrades at LAX, LaGuardia; OAK lane changes, ATL goes bio + more

In airport news, work has finished on major improvements to Southwest's terminal at LAX and American celebrated the opening of a new concourse at New York LaGuardia; Delta and JetBlue bring biometrics to more airports; some passenger pick-lanes move around at Oakland; and Blacklane cuts a deal with Emirates for customer transfers.

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December 3, 2018
LaGuardia Airport opens pristine new concourse, the kickoff of its massive renovation

LaGuardia Airport's new concourse is open. Nearly a dozen gates opened Saturday in Terminal B as part of the airport's plan to renovate the dated facility. The modernized concourse offers additional dining and shopping options for travelers. ... The improvements are part of an $8 billion blueprint to revamp LaGuardia, including an addition of 2.7 million square feet to make six new concourses, 72 gates and two new arrival and departure halls.

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November 30, 2018
Texas Airport Plans $11 Billion Bond Gusher as Growth Surges

For Wall Street bankers and investors prospecting for municipal-bond deals at a conference in Texas, Michael Phemister promised them a gusher. The vice president for treasury management at DFW International Airport said he's planning to sell between $10 billion and $11 billion in bonds over the next five to seven years to add capacity to an airport that serves one of the fastest-growing areas of the nation. "Our airfield is in pretty good shape, but we're out of gates again," Phemister said at a bond buyer conference in Dallas.

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November 27, 2018
Revamped Terminal 1 opens at Los Angeles International Airport

... The half-billion dollar, kerb-to-gate redevelopment showcases a new check-in area featuring all-new self-service ticket kiosks, an efficient 9-lane security checkpoint, new area for baggage claim, and what LAX operator, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), describes as an exciting new dining and retail destinations with state-of-the-art design ... The four-year, $516.7 million project created 3,475 construction jobs and completely refreshed the aging terminal, which was initially constructed in the early 1980s in advance of the 1984 Olympic Games.

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November 28, 2018
Dickinson Airport runway to get major upgrade

The Dickinson Airport is getting an upgrade. A $64 million project will extend the main runway to create safer conditions for United's commercial jets that do two roundtrips between Denver and Dickinson daily ... The airport recently received almost $11 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation, and has about $3.6 million from the state for the project.

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November 28, 2018
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport master plan includes $456 million in projects over 20 years

GSP International airport unveiled its master plan Thursday after an 18 month process ... "We are self-sufficient financially," said GSP Senior Vice President/COO Kevin Howell. "We receive no local or state tax dollars to date. We do receive money from the FAA for the airport improvement program. When you fly on a commercial airline and pay a fee that goes into the aviation trust fund, those dollars are distributed to the FAA to airports around the country for capital improvement program."

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November 27, 2018
Airports Are Building, and Vying for Business, More Than Ever

Airports world-wide have come to realize that offering good food turns out to be more profitable than peddling $10 hot dogs off rolling warmers … Airlines, now pitching in money of their own to help renovate terminals, say the quality of what passengers see as well as what they don’t see matters…

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November 26, 2018
Update to $3 billion Hawaii Airport Modernization Plan

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is about halfway done with its airport modernization plan, having invested about $1.6 billion in airport improvements since the plan began in 2013. ... Hawaii's 15-airport system is a financially self-sustaining operation, funded through user fees, including the passenger facility charge, parking and rents paid by airlines and concessioners. Airlines contribute to a debt service fund, which helps finance improvement projects.

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November 21, 2018
Airports Have A Lot to Be Thankful for This Year

Over the course of the Thanksgiving holiday, more than 30 million passengers will take to the skies. That means more than 30 million people will be traveling through our nation’s airports. It shouldn’t really be a surprise that we’re seeing record travel.

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November 21, 2018
Inside Hawaii DOT's $3 billion airport modernization plan: Slideshow

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is about halfway done with its airport modernization plan, having invested about $1.6 billion in airport improvements since the plan began in 2013. This investment is visible throughout Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, where new and ongoing projects are present in every corner of the property.

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November 20, 2018
Boarding bridge could soon come to Albany, Ga., airport

The days of walking to your plane in the rain or cold at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport could soon be over ... The bridge will cost $1.6 million. If the project is approved, it will be funded mostly by federal aviation funds, and 10 percent will come from the passenger facility charge.

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November 20, 2018
New addition opens at Eastern Iowa Airport

A roughly $30 million expansion opened at the Eastern Iowa Airport Monday afternoon. It's a 54,000 square foot area near the gates after passengers have gone through security. It offers more seating for people waiting for their flights.

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November 19, 2018
Nashville Approves $327-Million Airport Expansion

Nashville officials have approved a $327 million plan to renovate the terminal at Nashville International Airport and add a new international arrivals facility. Construction on the largest component of the ongoing BNA Vision project will begin in fall of 2019 and is expected to be completed by late 2023.

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November 19, 2018
$61.9 million airport bond awarded to build new Will Rogers World Airport concourse

The Airport Trust has awarded a $61.9 million contract to Timberlake Construction Co. to build the new east concourse at Will Rogers World Airport ... The project is financed with 30-year fixed-rate bonds, to be retired with airport revenues and passenger facility fees.

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November 16, 2018
Busy Thanksgiving travel at DIA will start Friday

This Thanksgiving travel season is expected to rank as one of the busiest ever. Industry group Airlines for America reports that more than 30 million passengers are expected to take to the skies between Friday and Nov. 27. "It's really not a surprise that we're seeing record travel," said Rebecca Spicer of Airlines for American. "Airfares are down 5 percent from this time last year, airlines are adding routes and going to new routes."

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November 14, 2018
Billions for the Future of Flying

With a humming U.S. economy and airlines making money, the nation’s airports are making some overdue improvements. Capital spending at U.S. airports grew by 24% to $12.7 billion in 2017 from the previous year, according to Federal Aviation Administration data, the biggest increase since at least 2010.

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November 8, 2018
More than $32 million project on the horizon at State College airport

The Penn State Board of Trustees on Friday voted to approve the appointment of an architect for a taxiway rehabilitation project at University Park Airport. ... The project is estimated to cost more than $32 million, and according to the agenda, funding will come from the FAA, the state Department of Transportation Aviation Development Program and the Passenger Facility Charge.

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November 8, 2018
Missoula Airport says $67m construction project moves forward

Missoula International Airport continues to make strides on a three-year, $67 million construction project, in an effort to bring in additional flights and airlines to the Garden City. Coming changes include an additional gate, new gift shop, additional parking and new security checkpoint. The airport has made a lot of progress with their construction for their new terminal. Now that it's starting to snow outside, they are focusing their efforts on indoor construction.

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November 8, 2018
Major project coming this year to Myrtle Beach International Airport. It’ll cost millions

Myrtle Beach International Airport will have a restored taxiway thanks to a multimillion-dollar grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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November 7, 2018
City opens $841 million parking and rental car facility at O'Hare International Airport

The city of Chicago on Wednesday officially opened a new ground transportation center at O’Hare International Airport that includes rental car facilities, public parking and a place for service dogs. The $841 million, 2.5 million-square-foot “Multi Modal Facility” provides a central access point for rental cars and parking, and next year will offer a connection to regional buses, according to the city’s aviation department.

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November 5, 2018
Chicago O'Hare outlines timing of decade-long expansion works

Chicago O'Hare International airport is set to start work on an $8.5 billion plan to overhaul and expand its congested terminal complex next year. The city of Chicago, which operates the airport, will begin with an expansion of terminal 5 in 2019 in preparation for major works on its central terminal area, including replacing terminal 2 with a new global terminal by 2028.

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November 5, 2018
Work starts on 2nd phase of Ford airport improvement project

Work has started on the second phase of the Gateway Transformation Project at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. Officials say improvements are focused on airline ticket counters and baggage service offices, baggage claim, curbside and other areas. Remodeling will include new terrazzo flooring, new LED lighting fixtures and upgraded signage. Construction and design are expected to cost $18 million and generate more than 40 fulltime jobs. Work is expected to continue through summer 2020.

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November 2, 2018
$60 million renovation to Syracuse airport complete

More than $60 million in renovations to Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport has been completed. The project is meant to improve the traveler experience and the region's image. Gov. Andrew Cuomo cut the ribbon in the redesigned terminal with new interior and exterior signage, more natural light and kiosks. Gone is the outside concrete canopy, replaced with a new façade and two glass pedestrian bridges. Cuomo said airports are key for driving tourism and new businesses.

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November 2, 2018
Syracuse airport completes 2-year, $62 million upgrade

The Syracuse airport has a bigger, better terminal, renovated pedestrian bridges and other upgrades with the completion of a $62 million renovation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo stopped by the airport Thursday to celebrate the two-year project’s completion. The Democrat says airports make crucial first impressions that help attract business to the region. He was at Rochester’s airport on Wednesday to mark the ending of a two-year overhaul there.

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October 30, 2018
Airport receives over $7.5M for cargo runway improvements

Congressman Henry Cuellar and the City of Laredo announced the approval of the federal funds. The money will be specifically used for the airport's cargo runway. These funds are adding to the over 181-million dollars in federal funds the airport has received in the last 10 years.

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October 26, 2018
Colorado Springs Airport terminal repair will continue into December

Colorado Springs Airport repairs will stretch into mid-December because some materials aren’t available and to keep from disrupting airport operations, officials said this week. The $7.5 million project includes repairing damage caused by an April 16 fire and modernization work that was moved up from 2019 to coincide with the repairs, including flooring and carpet replacement.

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October 30, 2018
What the World's Airport Boom Means for You

Anecdotal evidence of that airport boom is everywhere: In the U.S., it’s in Salt Lake City (SLC), which is three years into a $3.6 billion reconstruction project aiming to open the first phase of its entirely new, two-terminal site starting in 2021. A decade after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has a gleaming new $1 billion terminal complex that will replace the creaking current facilities at Louis Armstrong (MSY) just in time for Mardi Gras next year.

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October 25, 2018
Traffic could get worse at the airport due to another construction project

If you think traffic is bad now at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport - it could get much worse. Work on new pedestrian bridges could make things worse, before they get better. Crews are currently building canopies outside the domestic terminal. Now, they're asking the Atlanta City Council for millions to build new pedestrian bridges between the parking decks and the terminal. The money will come from airport funds and revenue from the $4.50 passenger facility charge travelers pay for each flight.

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October 17, 2018
American Airlines' $1.6-billion LAX overhaul is the carrier's costliest airport investment

American Airlines has kicked off its $1.6-billion overhaul at Los Angeles International Airport, one of a series of pricey LAX upgrades that will add gates, bigger bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows at the carrier’s terminals. A groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday attended by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and American Airlines Chief Executive Doug Parker initiated a 10-year construction project that represents the single largest airport investment in the history of the Fort Worth carrier.

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October 11, 2018
SLC International Airport expected to sell $875 million in airport revenue bonds

Salt Lake City International Airport is expected to sell at least $870 million of airport revenue bonds this month. A press release Sunday stated that Salt Lake City is considering to issue approximately $875 million of tax-exempt fixed-rate airport revenue bonds.

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October 10, 2018
US DOT awards US$12.7m grant for Austin airport expansion

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award US$12,752,721 in airport infrastructure grants to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas.

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October 9, 2018
Louisville airports receive $24.4M from FAA infrastructure grants

The Louisville Regional Airport Authority has received $24.4 million in airport infrastructure grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Airport Improvement Program.

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October 7, 2018
SLC International Airport expected to sell $875 million in airport revenue bonds

Salt Lake City International Airport is expected to sell at least $870 million of airport revenue bonds this month. A press release Sunday stated that Salt Lake City is considering to issue approximately $875 million of tax-exempt fixed-rate airport revenue bonds.

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October 3, 2018
America is Investing Wisely in Airport Infrastructure Projects

For all airline passengers, the flying experience begins and ends at airports. Airlines and our airport partners have a vested interest in constantly improving our nation’s airports, so passengers can have the travel experience they expect and deserve. It’s important that we find ways to fund necessary improvement projects at airports across the country without adding to the tax burden currently shouldered by every American who flies.

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September 27, 2018
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $205 Million in Funding for Airport Infrastructure

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $205 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to small airports in 34 states. More than half of these airports serve rural communities and mostly general aviation. This funding is in addition to the $3.31 billion already awarded in regular Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding during fiscal year 2018.

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August 24, 2018
Louisville International Airport preps for $100 million in upgrades

Some $100 million in upgrades are planned for Louisville International Airport over the next three to five years, airport authority spokeswoman Natalie Chaudoin told the Courier Journal on Friday. Up for replacement are the airport’s 24 jetways — the moveable bridges connecting planes to terminals — as well as six of the airport’s 10 escalators.

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August 15, 2018
Albany airport to begin a $92 million terminal project

It was 20 years ago that the newly created Albany County Airport Authority knocked down its 1962-era terminal and replaced it with a new one with three concourses and an attached five-story parking garage. The project was successful enough to attract more service as well as the attention of Southwest Airlines, which has grown into the airport's largest carrier with a 42 percent market share. Airport officials are hoping history repeats itself with the $92 million in improvements announced Tuesday.

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August 2, 2018
Orlando Sanford International Airport to undergo major expansion

It's one of the fastest-growing airports in the country, and now, Orlando Sanford International Airport is about to get even bigger with a multi-million dollar face lift. The airport is trying to keep up with growing business. Big changes are coming to Orlando Sanford International Airport. SFB just received $4.2 million from the federal government.

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July 24, 2018
Justice presents ceremonial check to Yeager Airport

Gov. Jim Justice presented a ceremonial check for $3 million to Yeager Airport Monday for completion of some badly needed repairs. The money, which lawmakers allocated earlier this year, is the state matching dollars needed for Yeager to receive additional money from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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July 24, 2018
Federal grant helps fund Bend Airport master plan

Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced Monday that airports in Hillsboro, Albany, Klamath Falls, Bend and Grants Pass will receive a combined $14.3 million in federal grants for facility improvements and aviation training. “Quality of life throughout Oregon requires secure and reliable movement of products and the people who transport those goods,” Wyden said. “These transportation resources will help to provide much-needed safety and dependability improvements for airports serving Oregonians living and working in and around Hillsboro, Albany, Klamath Falls, Bend and Grants Pass.”

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July 24, 2018
Terminal improvements planned at Albany airport

New air conditioning units, escalators and boarding bridges are among the improvements planned for Albany International Airport, after the airport authority board approved spending for the projects at its meeting Monday. A new boarding bridge for American Airlines at Gate B9 has been completed, while plans are in the works to replace four more bridges, B5, B7, B8 and C3. The $3.7 million project includes $185,000 each from the state and the airport authority. Federal funding will cover the remaining $3.33 million.

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July 2, 2018
U.S. Airports Spend Record Sums to Renovate Amid Travel Boom

U.S. airports are breaking records on construction spending to cash in on a surge in travel while the industry is flush from years of low fuel prices. Airports spent a seasonally adjusted $5.42 billion on construction in May, according to a preliminary estimate released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday, a 75 percent increase from a revised estimate of $3.1 billion a year earlier.

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February 13, 2018
Daniel K. Inouye Airport to get new $1.1 billion concourse

The Daniel K. Inouye Airport will get a new $1.1 billion concourse to increase the number of gates, add passenger capacity and provide a new international arrivals area, Gov. David Ige announced today ... The project will be financed entirely with revenues collected from the airlines and from concession operators at the airport, according to state Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara.

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February 5, 2018
California Passengers Will Pay up to $416.2 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that California fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as February 8th.

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February 5, 2018
New York Passengers Will Pay up to $223.6 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that New York fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as February 8th.

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February 2, 2018
South Carolina Passengers Will Pay up to $17.2 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that South Carolina fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as February 8th.

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January 24, 2018
Nevadans Could Pay Millions In Extra Airport Fees

In a report posted to the CBS Las Vegas and KXNT 840AM radio website, Nevadans could pay millions in extra airport fees under a proposal to raise the passenger facility charge. Citing analysis from Stop Air Tax Now, Nevadans could be on the hook for up to $92.43 million more in PFCs.

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January 24, 2018
Nevada Passengers Will Pay up to $92.4 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that Nevada fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as February 8th.

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January 16, 2018
Mississippi Passengers Will Pay up to $3.1 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that Mississippi fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as January 19.

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January 16, 2018
Wyoming Passengers Will Pay up to $2.1 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that Wyoming fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as January 19.

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January 16, 2018
Missouri Passengers Will Pay up to $43.8 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that Missouri fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as January 19.

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January 10, 2018
Oklahoma Passengers Will Pay up to $12.2 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that Oklahoma fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as January 19.

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January 10, 2018
Tennessee Passengers Will Pay up to $35.8 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that Tennessee fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as January 19.

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January 8, 2018
Arkansas Passengers Will Pay up to $6.8 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that Arkansas fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as January 19.

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January 8, 2018
Kentucky Passengers Will Pay up to $20.4 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that Kentucky fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as January 19.

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January 8, 2018
South Dakota Passengers Will Pay up to $3.2 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that South Dakota fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as January 19.

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January 4, 2018
Alabama Passengers Will Pay up to $9.1 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that Alabama fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as January 19.

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January 4, 2018
Nebraska Passengers Will Pay up to $9.3 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that Nebraska fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as January 19.

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January 3, 2018
Florida Passengers Will Pay up to $317 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

If Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports, Florida passengers can expect to shoulder up to $317 million of the burden in increased taxes, according to an analysis by Stop Air Tax Now. The fee hike could be approved as early as January 19th.

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January 2, 2018
Building a Modern Airport in Salt Lake City From One Well Past Its Prime

More than three years after construction was started to rebuild Salt Lake City International Airport and scrape away a collection of obsolete terminals, the contours of one of the nation’s largest air travel infrastructure projects are taking shape. The project is part of the $10 billion a year that airports invest to modernize infrastructure in the United States, according to the Airports Council International-North America, a trade group in Washington.

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December 14, 2017
Maine Passengers Will Pay up to $4.6 Million in Additional Airport Fees Under New Proposal

Stop Air Tax Now, a project of Airlines for America, today released an analysis detailing the higher fees that Maine fliers will pay if Congress approves a proposal to raise a fee passengers pay when flying out of commercial airports. The fee hike could be approved as early as December 22. The proposal would increase the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), a tax added to the cost of plane tickets that is transferred directly to airports, by $4, which raises the total to $8.50 on the first leg of each flight. The study shows that travelers flying out of Maine will annually pay up to $4.6 million more in PFCs under the new proposal.

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December 12, 2017
Eugene Airport breaks 1 million passenger mark

The rapidly concluding year will be remembered for setting a record at the Eugene Airport. The city-owned facility announced Monday it had surpassed 1 million annual passengers for the first time. ... The airport receives $4.50 for every ticket sold to departing passengers and uses the revenue from the facility charge for construction projects. Last year, the airport’s 483,955 outbound passengers yielded about $2.2 million for capital projects. Late last year, the airport completed a two-year, $19 million renovation of the passenger terminal.

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November 16, 2017
Senate Appropriators Should Use Unspent Taxes Before Raising Taxes Again

On July 27, 2017, you voted to increase taxes on airline passengers in S. 1655, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2018. Your vote nearly doubles the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) tax, from $4.50 to $8.50. That tax increase will cost airline travelers another $2.6 billion per year. It will hurt passengers, the economy and airlines, as well as small community air service by making travel more expensive.

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November 8, 2017
Not Another Tax Increase

Every day the average American is subject to taxes and fees nearly everywhere we look. One of the fees I was dismayed to learn the federal government might soon allow to increase is the Passenger Facility Charge. The PFC is only one of several taxes and fees that people must pay with they fly. Al of those dollars and cents add up quickly, and if you're trying to take an entire family on vacation or send a group of employees to visit a branch office, the costs add up very quickly

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