US airports seek to nearly double travellers’ user fees

Published on : Thursday, December 14, 2017

airplane-perfectThe airports of the US are likely to witness a $8 rise in round-trip airline ticket.


Currently the airports receive a facility-use passenger fee amounting to $4.50 per flight and is eager for the Congress to raise the cap to $8.50 a ticket for departing flights that is about $8.50 when fliers get on board a plane to leave on a trip and $8.50 when they board a flight to return home.


The proposed rise was approved in a Senate appropriations bill in July and is presently before a House conference committee that considers budget legislation.


As per the US airports the higher fee is necessary for construction projects and also to upgrade aging facilities. Airlines and the trade association Airlines for America have opposed the increase, saying that it would discourage families and budget-sensitive air travellers.


The president and CEO of Airlines for America Nicholas Calio states that the rise gets concealed inside advertised airfares leading passengers to believe it is a fare increase while the reality is, it is a tax increase.


Airlines content that airports are likely to receive money in other ways including airline leases and charges and also fees paid by rental car companies, parking, federal grants and concessionaires.


Delta Air Lines feel that airports would be raking in a record $3.6 billion in passenger facility charge taxes this year and also an additional increase might be not only unnecessary but also harmful.


Airports Council International-North America that represents the airports of the nation said that the $4 fee raise on a one-way ticket is quite modest as compared to the gouging by airlines with add-on fees to check a bag, seats with additional legroom and $200 to change a ticket reservation.


Some airlines also charge to place a carry-on inside the overhead bin.


Last year airlines had collected over $7.1 billion in bag and ancillary fees that is twice more than $3.2 billion airports had collected in passenger facility fees according to Kevin Burke who is the airports council president and CEO.


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