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 almost double the PFC tax, meaning a family of four would pay $104 in the PFC tax alone on a round trip ticket.

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Airline Investment in Airport Improvement Projects

Over $100 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 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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July 5, 2017
New Concourse A debuts in Terminal 1 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport

Travelers are now arriving and departing through the new Concourse A inside Terminal 1 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Concourse A — part of a $333 million modernization and expansion project nearing completion in Terminal 1 — had been projected to open June 30. The facility features five new gates, more restaurant and shopping options and a Customs and Border Protection inspection station.

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June 27, 2017
Congress, don’t treat flyers like airport ATMs

The flying public this week will receive a disturbing message from Washington: You’re about to become an ATM for the nation’s airports. In anticipation of the FAA reauthorization markup, an amendment is being proposed to remove the cap on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), a $4.50 tax every flyer pays on every flight. Already, flyers are taxed at nearly 21 percent on a typical domestic round-trip ticket. If this new amendment is adopted and the FAA reauthorization becomes law, airports would be free to raise the PFC as high as they wanted, until flyers’ pockets are turned inside out.

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October 25, 2016
Years of renovations at Charleston International Airport celebrated

Drop the flaps and hit the landing gear. Years of hard work were on final approach at Charleston International Airport. The airport began its facelift in late 2012, and executive director of the aviation authority Paul Campbell said the expansion and improvement project cost more than $200 million. Among improvements are 110,000 square feet of new space and five new gates, bringing the airport's gate total to 15.

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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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