18-May-2010 9:16 AM

ACI-NA responds to airline attack on PFC increase

Airports Council International - North America President, Greg Principato, released (14-May-2010) a statement on the USD7 passenger facility charge included in the FAA Air Transportation Modernisation and Safety Improvement Act (H.R. 1586):

ACI-NA: "The PFC is not a tax, but a user fee designed to provide local airports with the funding needed to make improvements in safety and in airport infrastructure. It is ironic that air carriers complain about $2 billion in PFC user fees which have been used to improve airport runways and terminals, yet defend their many fees which last year cost passengers $7.8 billion. Airlines don’t like PFC because they help bring competition by helping to build new facilities - improvements that allow airlines like Southwest, AirTran and JetBlue to bring lower fares to many communities." Greg Principato, President of ACI-NA. Source: Company statement, 14-May-2010. [more]