April 11, 2013 10:24 PM
Airlines for America (A4A) the U.S. airline industry organization, has announced its “strong opposition” to the recently proposed FY2014 White House budget proposal.
The organization says the new budget “seeks to offset the federal deficit by imposing billions of dollars in new and higher aviation taxes and fees on the backs of airlines and their customers.” A4A says if the budget is greenlighted, airfares will go up and jobs in the industry will be at risk, ultimately harming the entire U.S. economy.
“Instead of using the U.S. airline industry and its customers as a piggy bank for deficit reduction, this Administration should view airlines as the engine of economic growth they are. Our fragile economy and the millions of middle class Americans who rely on air travel and shipping every day simply cannot afford tax increases that will drive up the cost of flying or limit service options to small communities across the country.”
-A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio
A4A points out that on a typical $300 roundtrip domestic ticket, customers pay $61, or 20 percent of the ticket price, in taxes. Under the President’s proposal, customers would pay nearly $75 or 25 percent on that same ticket...
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