by Matt Alderton | March 25, 2015

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has joined airline industry trade group Airlines for America (A4A) in opposing a proposal to nearly double the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), or airport tax, levied on travelers, it announced today.

A4A launched a campaign against the airport tax -- including a dedicated website: StopAirTaxNow.com -- earlier this month in response to an effort by airports to raise the PFC by nearly 90 percent in order to fund capital improvements at their facilities. A4A and GBTA, however, argue that airports are being greedy and already have the funding they need to finance improvement projects.

"Some groups want to increase the PFC to $8 per boarding. That, along with other taxes and fees, means that a business traveler could see an increase of $58.20 for a round trip ticket," GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick said in a statement. "Travelers don't need to be the piggy bank. Beyond the investments made by airlines, airports have more than $11 billion in unrestricted cash and investments while bringing in more revenue every year -- a record-high $24.5 billion in 2013. In addition, two-thirds of GBTA members surveyed have said they oppose a PFC increase.

"Road warriors strengthen the economy, create jobs, and drive economic security. Travel should be promoted. The business traveler already faces an overbearing burden from taxes and fees and GBTA is very concerned that they are approaching the tipping point that will ultimately push business travelers to stay at home."

A new survey by the U.S. Travel Association indicates that many travelers disagree with A4A and GBTA: Six out of 10 say they would welcome additional user fees, provided they were earmarked for projects that improve the passenger experience.


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