On Friday, April 5, 223 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle signed a letter to the Administration opposing the $100 per flight fee on commercial and general aviation. Aviation user fees have been proposed by the Administration in its last two budgets—and soundly rejected by Congress. Previous administrations have also suggested similar fee, which have been likewise rejected.
The proposed fee would heap on an extra $100 for each departure for every airline—whether passenger or cargo. This would add yet another tax to an industry that bears an unfair tax burden in comparison to other industries.
The U.S. aviation industry is seeking to grow and compete in a turbulent global market, and is dealing with increased incursions into the U.S. market place by foreign carriers. The U.S. government should be endorsing policies that will level the playing field and help domestic carriers compete, rather than seeking income streams from an already overtaxed industry.
The signing members asked that the Administration withdraw the proposal and “abandon this idea once and for all.”