Keith Hansen, vice president of government affairs for Allegiant Travel Company, urged Congress not to increase the PFC tax on travelers. Air travelers are already paying hefty taxes on airfares, and further increases could put air travel out of reach for many leisure travelers, writes Hansen. “The truth is this: Airports are flush with cash
Increasing the PFC will add up quickly for families and those who fly often for business. Many travelers in rural areas who rely on smaller airports will be hit disproportionately hard by a PFC increase because they have access to fewer direct flights than those closer to major airports in big cities.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation will be getting about $3.1 million in federal funds to build a new taxiway at the Morrisville-Stowe State Airport. The agency says the taxiway will enhance safety by allowing new traffic patterns for the private, commercial, and glider pilots who use the airport.
It’s no secret that the Hilton Head Island Airport is growing. The $10 million grant will fund the terminal expansion, ”specifically targeting increased airline traffic, meeting the needs of a growing number of airline customers while keeping within the historical, geographical and budgetary boundaries of Beaufort County’s development plans,” Rembold said. Hilton Head’s grant is
The Lawton Fort Sill Regional Airport is launching into the first phase of construction to update its terminal. The design for the renovation was completed earlier this spring and a financial plan is now in place. At their last meeting, the airport authority approved a $15-million limit for the project which will be broken down
U.S. airports are already on track to collect billions in PFCs, and when combined with other government taxes and fees, more than 20 percent of the average ticket price is diverted to government coffers. The numbers are clear. Airports are not in danger, now or in the near future, of running out of infrastructure funding.