Obama Budget Could Impact Air Travel Fees

Obama Budget Could Impact Air Travel Fees

POSTED: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 9:08am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 10:54am

WASHINGTON-- President Obama's newly-released budget plan would have airline travelers pay more to help finance airport projects.

The president is proposing an increase in the passenger facility charge, from $4.50 to $7 per flight. Airports use the charge for safety and expansion projects approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

This is all after a $1.1 billion cut to airport grants. And although the president is pushing for it, that doesn't mean it'll go through. Airlines are fighting the proposal, saying it amounts to a $2 billion tax increase on travelers. Airline executives also argue it could discourage more people from flying.

The passenger charge is included in the president's $3.73 trillion budget for the fiscal year that begins October 1.

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Passenger facility charge....What???? Just more nonsense to baffle the public into handing over more money. The sun rises a minute earlier/later today, you must pay us more...sorry. Sad thing is that people will pay, most of them won't even complain.

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