Americans are divided when it comes to many issues but a proposed increase of the airport traveler tax isn’t one of them.
According to a survey of more than 1,600 registered voters nationwide conducted by Whitman Insight Strategies (WINS) this past summer, eight out of 10 Americans oppose efforts to increase the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC).
The PFC is currently capped at $4.50 per flight segment and $18 per roundtrip flight per passenger. However, the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure is considering legislation that would increase the tax and possibly eliminate the cap entirely.
Interestingly, given the current political climate, opposition to proposed PFC increases is bipartisan, with 83 percent of Democrats and 81 percent of Republicans disapproving of the proposed increase.
A majority of respondents (65 percent) indicated that they are satisfied with the quality of the nation’s airports at the moment while 85 percent believe that U.S. airports already receive enough in taxpayer subsidies to fund improvement projects, the study found.
“Opposition to increasing the PFC tax is overwhelming and bipartisan,” said Scott Kotchko, President of Whitman Insight Strategies, in a statement accompanying the findings. “The average American thinks our airports themselves are great, that they’re already well-funded, and believes that congress should focus on improving our crumbling roads and bridges instead of taxing families to give more money to airports. It’s the transportation version of the rich getting richer”…