The continued argument between, airlines, airports and the FAA over the Passenger Facility Charge is now under consideration by the Senate’s aviation subcommittee.
According to the FAA, the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Program allows the collection of fees up to $4.50 for every passenger at US commercial airports. That’s one of those extra fees you pay every time you purchase an airline ticket. Airports use these fees to fund FAA-approved projects that enhance safety, security, or capacity; reduce noise; or increase air carrier competition. The question before the subcommittee is whether or not this fee should be raised to $8.50.
The airlines, represented by their trade organization Airlines for America argue that they have already invested their own resources in airport facility upgrades so no additional fees should be needed. According to USA Today, numerous airline-backed projects have been completed or are underway including:
- Terminal A at Boston-Logan International Airport – Delta Air Lines
- New international terminal at Houston Hobby Airport – Southwest Airlines
- Terminal 5 at JFK – JetBlue
- Terminal 4 expansion – Delta Air Lines.
Airports, on the other hand, represented by the American Association of Airport Executives, argue that more facilities upgrades need to occur and that, despite the noted improvements at airports around the country funded by airlines and existing PFC funds, more upgrades are badly needed – particularly at the many small to mid-size airports throughout the nation.
Where do you stand on this issue? Nobody likes paying extra fees on flights, but do you think this increase is warranted? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @TandTNews.