“Fortunately, our own Rep. Paul Mitchell is fighting back. At a recent House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing, he exposed the proposed hike as an unnecessary cash grab. Under his polite but persistent questioning, airport officials conceded that their existing sources of funding were adequate. As Mitchell knows, any such tax hikes could make flying through
“But revenues at domestic airports already total nearly $30 billion annually. And here in Mississippi, Gulfport-Biloxi International is thriving. This coming summer, it will add new direct flights to Austin, Texas, and Ft. Myers, Florida. Last fall, it opened a new, $800,000 hangar for private planes. Simply put, airports aren’t facing a cash crunch. In
Despite record-setting revenues, billions in reserve accounts, and promising industry forecasts, U.S. airports are lobbying Congress to increase the passenger facility charge (PFC), a move that would make flying more expensive for the more than 90 million air travelers who board planes in Tampa International or Miami International Airports, or elsewhere in Florida every year.
Construction has begun on John Glenn Columbus International Airport’s new rental-car facility, prompting road changes around the terminal. However, although one lane has been closed, speed limits have been reduced, and a new return loop to the terminal has been created, no significant delays are expected. Airlines still recommend arriving at the airport 90 minutes
Denver’s airport is flying high. Last year, 64.5 million passengers traveled through its concourses and iconic, tent-capped terminal, making it the fifth-busiest airport in the U.S., according to Federal Aviation Administration statistics that track total takeoffs and landings. That number was up almost 5% over 2017 totals. To top off a heady year, in 2018
The Volusia County Council will be asked to approve a renovation of the main terminal at Daytona Beach International Airport, the first since it opened in 1992, to give it a more modern look and add amenities that accommodate the present-day needs of travelers and airlines. The funds for the $14 million project would come
As part of a $75 million concession redevelopment that began in 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2020, Chicago’s Midway airport is in the process of overhauling its shopping and dining options for the first time in more than 20 years. Travelers can look forward to a more modern look and more name-brand
If you’ve seen your airfares decrease lately, as many Americans have, don’t thank the federal government. In fact, Congress imposes so many taxes and fees on air travel that more than 20 percent of the average ticket price is diverted to government coffers. Yet some politicians are pushing to make flying more expensive by increasing